NanoCarbon – products and applications

As things currently stand, a few commercial applications already exist. Some examples are listed here for various sectors.

Lightweight construction

Screws made of aluminium-CNT matrix composite
  •  Epoxy resins with CNTs for satellite components, increasing durability and breaking strength, antistatics and weight reduction
  • Shipping: masts and other parts of sailing vessels based on CNTs
  • CNTs in concrete construction
  • CNT matrix composite in automotive construction for heavy-duty components

 

 

Energy and environment

CNT coating of rotor blades for wind turbines
Car door with homogeneous panel heating
  • CNT-based non-stick coating for ships to prevent growth of marine organisms and thus reduce sliding friction: reduction in fuel consumption
  • Electronics: CNT-based packaging material for transport and storage of integrated circuits (so-called IC trays); test sockets for microchips
  • CNT coating of rotor blades for wind turbines
  • Adding fullerenes (C60) to lubricants can improve their performance: if, for example, the external pressure is increased, the static friction coefficient decreases; in classical lubricants, on the other hand, it increases
  • Light harvesting applications for fullerene-based materials: sensors, e.g. optical photosensors for imaging methods
  • Fullerene-based solar cells; benefits: flexibility, simpler manufacturing process
  • Plastic parts and seals based on elastomers with CNTs; better properties with regard to friction, lubrication and wear
  • Electrically heated coatings
  • Use of CNTs in membranes

Mobility

Solvent containers with electrostatic dissipation for combustible liquids

 

 

  • Automotive: CNTs in fuel-system components, wings, mirror housings, door handles, fuel hoses
  • CNTs in transport and storage containers for semiconductor wafers

 

 

Sports and leisure

  • Epoxy resins (thermosets) with CNTs for the sports and leisure sector; increasing durability and break strength, antistatics, weight reduction
  • Hockey sticks, tennis rackets and golf clubs are optimally balanced through the targeted use of CNTs and graphenes
  • Skis, kayaks and sports arrows can be optimised using CNTs
  • Fullerenes as radical scavengers in anti-aging creams: modifying the molecule so that it has at least one unpaired electron pair. This is intended to bind reactive oxygen species, which lead to premature skin ageing  
  • CNT loudspeakers 

 

 

 

Safety

  • CNTs in fire protection: flame trap for foam; coating cables and wires
  • Silicone resins with CNTs as additives for paints and varnishes; increasing fire resistance and scratch resistance
  • Bullet-proof vests
  • Motorcycle helmet