Carbon Nanotube Composite Materials For Energy Related Applications

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are highly sought as reinforcing materials in polymer composites due to their unsurpassed mechanical and thermal properties.

Embedding CNTs in composites is technically difficult due to processing incompatibilities. A scalable manufacturing method that enables high loading of CNTs, and which does not degrade the properties of the CNTs, is highly desired. This project will develop methods to improve the packaging of battery pouches and battery packs. Initial success will enhance the safety and efficiency of batteries through better thermal transport. The bigger vision is to use CNT-loaded polymers as a replacement for the aluminum canisters currently used.