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Workshop on nanocomposite polymers for 3D-printing of high-tech structures

The Graphene 3D workshop will be organised by the University of Namur (Belgium) on 22-23 May 2018. Graphene-3D is a joint project on graphene-polymer research based on knowledge sharing in a multidisciplinary international/inter-sectoral consortium of ten partners. The central objective of the project is to design and produce, by additive manufacturing, conducting cellular structures with tailored electromagnetic properties in the GHz and near THz frequency domains. These structure must be light, mechanically robust, and chemically inert. In addition, they must hold special thermal characteristics. An example of multi-functionality such structure could have is to provide an efficient protection against electromagnetic interference of an electronic device, while making it possible to drain the heat produced by the shielded device.

The cellular structures are manufactured from composite polymers compatible with the 3D printing technology. To become conducting, the polymer is filled with a small fraction of graphene nanoplatlets and other carbon nanostructures. A real challenge of the project is to optimize the formulation and microstructure of the composite according to targeted properties (rheological, mechanical, electrical, thermal …), production cost and environmental footprint. It is important that the characteristics of the composite be robust against fluctuations of the many parameters that enter the production process. In parallel to the important research effort in nanocarbon-polymer composite, computer simulation and experimental measurements are performed to investigate how the geometry of a cellular structure and the characteristics of its constituent material influence its multifunctional performances.

Open to all the interested researchers, the workshop is organized in the framework of the H2020 Graphene-3D project funded by the Marie-Curie Actions of the European Union. The program includes 10 invited talks, 4 oral contributions and a poster session. Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory.

Info and registration: http://graphene3d.unamur.be/