Institute of Nanotechnology (INT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), D-76131 Karlsruhe, German
MultiComp is a COST Action designed to bring together theorists, experimentalists and industrialists in the field of nano-carbon materials technology. Although carbon nanotubes, graphene and Few-Layer Graphene (FLG) have been used to improve the properties of composite materials, two main problems remain to be solved before these composite materials can realize their full potential: (1) adequate dispersion of the nano-carbon reinforcement material, and (2) strong enough interfacial bonding between the nano-carbon reinforcement elements and the composite matrix. In addition to making modified MWNTs such as branched-MWNTs, the Action will explore other possibilities of strengthening composites by integrating FLG (using existing as well as unpublished methods); theoretical modelling of these nano-carbons and composites; due consideration and evaluation of the Health, Safety and Environmental implications; making and testing composites e.g. mechanical and electrical/thermal, HRTEM of interphases, voltage-contrast SEM of percolation networks, sensing and photocatalytic properties; development of new composite materials with Electronic and Multi-Functional properties. This Action will provide an ideal platform, especially via STSM exchanges, for permanent established researchers, post-doctoral workers and ECIs to enhance their research-related skills as well as their innovation and enterprise skills in this international network involving both academic and business enterprises.
Sharali Malik is a Chartered Chemist with many years practical experience as a scientist in academia as well as in industry. This includes three years’ experience of battery R&D with Varta Ltd, three years’ experience of computer modeling of long-range transmission of air pollutants in Europe (EMEP/MSC-W), three years’ experience of advising on, implementing and enforcing Health and Safety at Work as a UK Government Inspector, and fifteen years’ experience of Physical Chemistry research in his current position at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) working on the Synthesis and Characterization of Nano-Carbon Materials. Sharali Malik is currently the Chair of COST Action CA15107 (Multi-Comp).
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