Anna was among 210 other IDTechEx speakers, who discussed market needs, case studies and technology breakthroughs in a host of areas, including graphene production and applications, Internet of Things applications, 3-D printing, wearable sensors, printed electronics, electric vehicles, energy harvesting applications, etc. The IDTechEx Show was attended by 3,146 attendees coming from 45 countries. Filling the exhibit hall were 212 exhibitors showcasing materials, machinery, components, finished devices and services.
Polymer composites are radically improving our lives in a number of ways. For example modern aircraft have over 50% of their fuselage made up of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) which allow longer flights and reduced fuel use. Advantages of polymer composites include lightweight (approx. 50% lighter than aluminium), high chemical resistance, high mechanical stability and ease of fabrication. At FGV Cambridge Nanosystems, we are improving the properties of existing composites through the addition of our carbon nanomaterials. These nanomaterials are used to fabricate isotropic polymer composites with high electrical conductivity. In addition, our carbon nanomaterials improve the mechanical properties of the matrix material by at least 10%.
Moreover, our CamGraph® graphene, presented at the IDTechEx Show, is truly unique in the current market place as, unlike other common methods for graphene production such as solvent exfoliation and graphite oxidization, it does not involve any graphite processing or catalyst, and the resultant graphene product is over 99.8% free from metal and other impurities. It addition, our graphene can be already produced on an industrial scale.