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Prof Cheng Yan

TOPIC: Fabrication and characterization of nano carbon composites

Presented by: Professor Cheng Yan, School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene have attracted major interest due to their exceptional electrical, mechanical, and thermal properties. The potential applications include structural and functional composites, energy harvesting and storage systems, bio devices and filtration membranes. CNT/graphene based nanocomposites can be applied to flexible displays, photovoltaic cells, and electromagnetic-wave interference materials. Based on the relationship between conductivity and mechanical strain, resistance-type strain sensors can be also built. In spite of these promising results, fundamental understanding of mechanical and electrical properties of CNT, graphene and their polymer nanocomposite is still lacking. In this presentation, our recent work on fabrication, modeling and characterization of CNT/graphene polymer composites will be introduced. 

About the presenter

Cheng Yan attained his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1998. He is a professor in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His main research interests include composites, advanced material interfaces and numerical modeling. He has generated more than 300 publications and received more than A$6 million research fund. He was awarded several competitive fellowships from the Australian Research Council (ARC APD and ARC ARF) and has been committee member of Australia Fracture Group and Australian ATN Nanotechnology Network. He is the editorial member of Composite Communications, Materials Technology, Graphene, etc.