Dr Emiliano Bilotti


Research Funding

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Current Funded Research Projects

Graphene Flagship Core Project 3

Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-04-2020  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £376,501

This grant will cofund the establishing of a mini-CDT with 5 PhD studentships in Graphene materials at QMUL.

Creative Clusters Fashion in Smart Textile

Funding source: AHRC Arts and Humanities Research Council
Start: 31-10-2018  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £345,900

The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) is a five-year industry-led project, which focusses on delivering sustainable innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain. The aim is to foster a new, creative business culture in which fashion, textiles and technology businesses can use R&D as a mechanism for growth.

Smart rope with sensing capability using multifunctional materials (SENSING ROPE)

Funding source: Royal Academy of Engineering
Start: 29-01-2021  /  End: 22-01-2023
Amount: £53,030

This Royal Academy of Engineering funded industry fellowship will explore the use of novel polymer nanocomposites as embedded sensors in ropes.

KiriTEG (Smart Grants)

Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-08-2020  /  End: 31-07-2022
Amount: £131,117

The KiriTEG project will develop flexible, miniaturised TEGs allowing the design of non-rigid thermoelectric energy harvester devices. This will be achieved by development of innovative semiconductor materials, materials deposition techniques and production processes to allow the commercial scaling of the project deliverables. This project utilises the skills of 'kirigami' (variant of origami that includes cutting as well as folding) to produce a new generation of low cost, highly flexible devices. These energy harvesting devices will operate between -40C and +120 C, which covers the vast majority of low grade harvesting applications.

Current PhD Studentship Projects

Pyroresistive Conductive Polymer Composites for Safe Batteries

Funding source: LMK Thermosafe
Start: 01-10-2021  /  End: 30-09-2024

Previous Funded Research Projects

Aggregation structure-property relationship of polymer/PEDOT/carbon nanoparticle ternary thermoelectric composites and its application for self-powered sensors

Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 31-03-2020  /  End: 30-03-2022

This Royal Society International Exchange Grant will explore the use of new organic-inorganic materials as self-powered flexible and stretchable sensors

Bioresorbable bioactive composites Kick off

Funding source: Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Start: 11-01-2021  /  End: 10-01-2022

Recycle Al cans for fashion products

Funding source: AHRC Arts and Humanities Research Council
Start: 08-06-2020  /  End: 07-12-2021

The principal aim of the project is to deliver a renewably powered machine that can transform rescued aluminium cans into hardware. We are working with Elvis & Kresse to develop an Open Source micro solar forge. The specific goal was to create an inexpensive technology that would allow Elvis & Kresse to collect littered aluminium cans and transform them into hardware (buckles, D-Rings etc.) for their range. https://bftt.org.uk/funded_project/elvis-kresse-metal-forge-elvis-and-kresse/

Advanced Polymer Dielectrics

Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-12-2018  /  End: 30-11-2021

This InnovateUK KTP project will develop new ultra high energy density polymer film dielectrics for electric vehicles and reviewable energy.

Structural self-powered health monitoring based on thermoelectricity of CNT veils and yarns

Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 18-08-2021  /  End: 18-08-2021

This Royal Society International Exchange Grant will explore the use of carbon nanotubes (CNT) veils as thermoelectric materials in self-powered health monitoring of structural composites

CNP Comp 2019

Funding source: Air Force office of Scientific Research (USA)
Start: 01-07-2019  /  End: 30-06-2020

Hierarchical fibre-reinforced composites with nano-engineered interfaces for multifunctional lightweight structures

Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 01-03-2019  /  End: 28-02-2020

The aim of this project is to develop a multifunctional composite with integrated damage sensing, de-icing, and electromagnetic (EM) absorption capabilities based on nano-engineered interfaces, with the emphasis on lightweight engineering structures. The tailored electrical properties are utilised for in-situ damage detection based on electrical sensing method, as well as the EM absorption and de-icing applications.

KTP - Conductive Polymer Composites for Self-Regulating Heating

Funding source: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Start: 01-12-2014  /  End: 30-11-2017

The project aims at launching market transforming conductive polymer composites, characterised by tuneable positive temperature coefficient (PTC) resistance profiles, electrically connected by standard terminals, for use in self-regulating large surface area, flexible heating devices. In particular, industrial applications in potentially explosive environments governed by the strict safety standards applying to the EU ATEX Directive (94/9/EC) and its derived IECEx international equivalents.


Funding source: Commission of the European Community
Start: 01-05-2016  /  End: 30-04-2017

Design of Tough Compliant Graphene-Based Coatings

Funding source: E.P.S.R.C.
Start: 01-04-2015  /  End: 31-03-2016

In collaboration with FormFormForm Ltd., the company behind the range of silicone-based resins called Sugru, the project will explore the use of graphene to generate heat and electrically conductive silicone based matrices, as well as the application of such composites as anti-corrosion coatings. Achieving high performance for such flexible silicone-based composites, thanks to the exceptional properties of graphene, could open up a wide range of applications for such silicone-based materials. Hence we will explore the use of this new technology to address some of the current challenges in the manufacturing industry.

Previous PhD Studentship Projects

Physical, mechanical and structural properties of Organogels for oral care application

Funding source: GSK GlaxoSmithKline UK Ltd
Start: 01-10-2018  /  End: 02-12-2021


Funding source: LATRAVE Ltd.
Start: 01-10-2017  /  End: 30-09-2020

DTC in Plastic Electronic Materials - Studentship

Funding source: E.P.S.R.C.
Start: 01-10-2009  /  End: 31-03-2018

PhD Studentship: Organic Thermoelectrics

Funding source: European Thermodynamics Ltd / Plastic Electronic DTC
Start: 01-10-2014  /  End: 30-09-2017

The aim of this research is the development of novel organic thermoelectric (TE) materials, which are flexible and that can potentially be manufactured in large scale. The focus is on both conductive polymers and conductive polymer nanocomposites.

PhD project: flexible self-regulating heating devices

Funding source: LMK Thermosafe Ltd
Start: 01-10-2014  /  End: 30-09-2017

Fatigue Properties of Fibre Reinforced Timing Belts

Funding source: NGF Europe Ltd
Start: 01-10-2014  /  End: 30-09-2017

Glass fibres are typically used as a reinforcement in most elastomer timing belts. Unidirectional carbon fibre is an alternative reinforcement material. This project examines the interaction between both types of cord reinforcements and the HNBR as well as the fatigue behavior of the composite structures.

Abrasion of Elastomer Materials

Funding source: Cabot Corporation
Start: 01-11-2013  /  End: 30-04-2016

Abrasion tests were coupled to finite element fracture mechanics. The project demonstrated that the rate of abrasion under a wide range of friction conditions could be predicted from measurements made on independent fatigue test pieces.

Other Research Projects

Smart Rubber Sensor Devices

This work investigates how changes in the DC electrical properties (resistivity) change with strain for elastomers filled with conducting fillers such as carbon black. Broadband dielectric spectroscopy is used to measure the behaviour to see if more robust sensor type materials can be developed.

Self-regulating Heating Materials

The dramatic increase in electrical resistance with temperature (pyro-resistive or PTC effect) is in development in self regulating heating devices. Various projects in collaboration with LMK Thermosafe have developed next generation compounds that outperformed previous commercial materials.

PoC - polymer spokes

Proof of concept for advanced bicycles spokes based on polymer composites.

Multifunctional Carbon Fibre Composites

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have potential for a wide range of applications in the composite field. Their large aspect ratio, excellent conductivity, and ultra-high mechanical and thermal properties make them an outstanding candidate for multifunctional nanofillers in combination with carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP). Thanks to their intrinsic multifunctionality, CNTs have ...

KEEP+ Project No 284

Extrusion dies for the development and processing of flexible heating membranes

Graphene Nanocomposites

Graphene is a one-atom-thick planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice. It can be visualized as an atomic-scale chicken wire made of carbon atoms and their bonds. Though graphene and carbon nanotubes are nearly identical in their chemical makeup and mechanical ...

Doctoral studentship

Light-driven actuation in ultra-drawn high-modulus polymers

Conductive Polymer Composites

Conductive polymer composites (CPC) based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are being used more often in critical applications because they provide electrical connectivity for applications such as smart textiles and electrostatic painting, and protection from electrostatic discharge (ESD and electromagnetic-radio frequency interference…

Clay Nanocomposites

The research area of polymer/clay nanocomposites has attracted a great deal of attention over the last two decades. Outstanding improvements in physical properties of polymeric matrices (e.g. stiffness, strength, heat distortion temperature, reduced permeability to gas and liquids, fire retardancy), can be expected with only few…

Cellulose Nanocomposites

Traditional natural fibre composites suffer from limitations such as low strength, poor toughness, moisture sensitivity and discoloration and thermal degradation due to decomposition of hemicelluloses and lignin during composite processing. A promising way to address these shortcomings is through the use of cellulose nanofibres…

Carbon Nanotube - Polymer Composites

Among the wide range of available nanofillers, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted particularly interest as reinforcing fillers because of their superb mechanical properties (Young’s modulus 1 TPa and tensile strength 30-130 GPa), but they are also regarded as the ultimate fillers for creating electrically conductive polymer composites (CPCs). Despite ...

Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT), developing more Sustainable, Circular and Intelligent Wearables for the Fashion and Textile Industry.

Delivering sustainable innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain.

1. Organic Thermoelectric Materials: Molecular and Supramolecular Approaches.

A Chinese student with a physics or materials science background is sought for a CSC PhD scholarship to work in the laboratory of Dr Oliver Fenwick.