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US National Composite Center to Advance New Nanotechnology

13 January 2006

The National Composite Center (NCC) is expected to receive $1.5 million for production, acceleration and commercialization of a new fabrication process for carbon nanofibres and nanotube membranes.

NCC will lead a team that includes the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Materials Research Company based in Beavercreek. In addition to making the technology more cost effective for industry, the application of nanotube membranes (buckypapers) to composites will improve the performance and strength of military vehicles and aerospace structural materials, as well as reduce fuel and structural maintenance costs. The nanofibers and nanotubes also have application for lightening strike protection and directional thermal and electrical conducting applications in materials and devices.






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