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The ANAM Initiative

The ANAM initiative, funded by EPSRC, seeks to convert the promise offered by CNTs into commercial reality. This project directly addresses the industrial utilization of CNTs and seeks to close the gap between academic achievement and commercial return.

Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) are proving one of the most exciting new materials being developed.

 

  • They are as strong as Kevlar

  • With functionalities that have potential applications for many diverse, commercial uses.

  • The method of synthesis means that the CNTs can be produced from natural gas. This method produces the carbon material and a useful hydrogen by-product stream.

  • CNT's can lock up carbon in a high value material, leading to low or zero carbon atmospheric emissions and hydrogen for the hydrogen economy.

  • In the next phase of our research we seek to improve the manufacturing process to make these valuable C(s) materials and the hydrogen as efficiently as possible.

  • our aim is to make this process zero carbon emissions to the atmosphere, but that is going to take some doing....watch this space!

 

Manufacturing CNTs on a large scale remains a challenge, but one that we are working towards.

 

 

Converting the promise of CNTs into commercial reality remains a significant challenge and barrier to the industrial sector in realising the benefit of the past twenty years of academic study.

 

This project directly addresses the industrial utilization of CNTs and seeks to close the gap between academic achievement and commercial return. 

 

  • The EPSRC has granted 2.8 million pounds to support this Initiative.

  • Multiple million of other research grants are currently supporting fundamental studies of these materials.

  • The academic investigators and participating industrial partners are seeking ambitious companies to join this Initiative.

  • By working cooperatively the aim is to develop a new generation of disruptive CNT based products of global significance. 

 

The science is complex but the methodology simple; the academic partners operating as an active bridge between CNT manufacturers and end use developers providing fundamental insight which will optimise raw material and end product design to produce maximum benefit.