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Dr Emiliano Bilotti


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Current Funded Research Projects

Advanced Polymer Dielectrics

Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-12-2018  /  End: 30-11-2021
Amount: £290,276

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
Amount: £12,000

CNP Comp 2019

Funding source: Air Force office of Scientific Research (USA)
Start: 01-07-2019  /  End: 30-06-2020
Amount: £7,658

Current 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

Previous Funded Research Projects

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

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 glass and carbon 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

For tyres the rate of abrasion is clearly important when determining the product life. Abrasion tests are being done in parallel with a coupled finite element / fracture mechanics approach. For typical SBR tyre tread compounds the principal abrasion rate determining mechanisms for the loss of rubber results from tearing phenomena ...

Other Research Projects

Smart Rubber Sensor Devices

This work extends earlier work in the group (Yamaguchi, Jha) into how changes in the DC electrical properties (resistivity) change with strain for elastomers filled with conducting fillers such as carbon black. This programme is concerned with AC type measurements of the dielectric behaviour to see if more robust sensor ...

Self-regulating Heating Materials

The dramatic increase in electrical resistance with temperature (pyro-resistive or PTC effect), first found in carbon black (CB) based polymer composites three decades ago, is nowadays employed in self regulating heating devices. A PhD project at QMUL, partially funded by LMK Thermosafe, is currently looking into the next generation of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.