We embed nanoparticles into polymers in order to give these plastics new functionality. We currently focus on functionalized graphenes as nanofillers, with an emphasis on developing materials with excellent mechanical properties . However, graphene can also be used to make rubber electrically conductive .
We developed several new techniques to directly measure the mechanical interaction strength between graphene particles and different polymers , . This allows us to systematically develop new materials with improved strength and stiffness.
The described experimental techniques are enabling tools which we use for a new approach to nanocomposite development: away from the “trial & error” philosophy, and toward a systematic design of materials with predictable properties.
Our Nanocomposite Research in the Media
|May 2012||"Lighter, Stronger, Better" — our research on graphene-based high-performance polymer nanocomposites is featured in the ideation magazine.|
Our Press Releases
|6 Apr 2016||
New Graphene-Based Coatings By Hannes Schniepp
Our new paper shows that putting atomically thin graphene nano-sheets into plastics can make paints and coatings much better.
Our Related Publications
|Aug 2015||The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a 4-year, $324,000 award from the DMREF program (Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future) to Prof. Schniepp, starting Oct. 2015.|