Powder metallurgy offers great and obvious potential for nano-enhancement, since nanomaterials can be readily incorporated. Fawad Inam of Nanoforce, one of the UK Technology Strategy Board's nanotechnology facilities based at Queen Mary College, is working on the manufacture of electrically conducting ceramics. As Inam explained at the event, spark plasma sintering is a new process that can produce materials from powder, such as alumina reinforced with containing carbon nanotubes. This opens the door to making high-performance ceramic material that is electrically and thermally conducting. Potential applications include spacecraft heat shields, armour, bio-inert ceramics and functionally graded materials.
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||HiPerNano 2008 - Nano-enhanced Materials for Extreme Environments - BERR Conference Centre, London, UK|
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …
|Workshop||HiPerNano 2008 - Nano-enhanced Materials for Extreme Environments|
|Period||1/01/08 → …|