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Posted: Sep 28, 2010

First Global Conference on Commercialising Nanotubes

(Nanowerk News) The Commercialising Nanotubes 2011 conference attracts leading players in this rapidly expanding market Applied Market Information is holding the first global conference on Commercialising Nanotubes to coincide with a massive expansion in carbon nanotube (CNT) capacity. The event will take place on 8-11 March 2011 at the Maritim Hotel, Düsseldorf, Germany.
On-going investments in new CNT plants mean that global capacity will more than quadruple over a two-year period. Four leading suppliers at the forefront of this expansion will give presentations at Commercialising Nanotubes 2011: Arkema from France; Bayer MaterialScience from Germany; CNano Technology from the USA and China; and Nanocyl from Belgium.
The first commercial CNTs are already being used in the automotive, electrical and electronic, sporting goods, mass transport and marine industries with many more applications under development in areas such as the renewable energy, medical and cable markets.
One major target market is enhancing the properties of polymers, for example by increasing electrical and thermal conductivity as well as by boosting physical properties and flame retardancy. Leading plastics compounders including PolyOne, RTP and Shinil will discuss how they are incorporating CNTs into thermoplastic compounds and masterbatches. Other presentations will examine applications in thermosets for marine and windpower applications.
The processors' perspective will be supplied by Kabelwerk Eupen and Promolding. The former is focusing on using CNTs to improve the fire performance of cables, while the latter has studied how injection moulding parameters impact on the electrostatic discharge and electromagnetic shielding performance of CNT-based compounds.
In addition, pioneering companies from the USA and Europe will discuss their groundbreaking work on using CNTs in electronics applications, including inks and transparent films for touch panels, LCD displays and e-paper. They include Unidym, SouthWest Nanotechnologies and Thomas Swan.
The focus of this event is firmly on the commercialisation of these exciting technologies and taking them from the laboratory into real-world applications. The investment and funding issues surrounding nanotechnology will be expertly addressed by IP and business lawyers from Foley & Lardner LLP.
Key enabling technologies for the growth of the market include the synthesis and functionalization of CNTs, and these topics will be covered by Cambridge Nanomaterials and FutureCarbon.
Source: Applied Market Information (press release)
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