Key target markets the graphene nanocomposite products include packaging, automotive and aerospace.
Key target markets the graphene nanocomposite products include packaging, automotive and aerospace.

The University of Manchester and masterbatch specialist the Colloids Group have joined forces to research the use of graphene nanocomposites in a range of thermoplastic materials.

According to the research team, it will investigate the application of nanocomposites based on graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials in polyolefins, polyamides and polyesters to understand how mechanical, thermal, electrical, rheological and gas-barrier properties are affected by the production process and the materials used.  

The aim of the project is to develop polymer-graphene nanocomposites with improved properties and multifunctional capabilities that are not currently available for the automotive, aerospace, electronics and electrical markets.

This story uses material from Colloids, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.