A meeting dedicated to flak graphene at Warsaw University of Technology

On February 10, 2017 at the premises of the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology a trade meeting on the industrial use of flake graphene was held.
POLSA Warsaw

Flake graphene enjoys increasing interest in the context of its use in civil-military and space projects. Currently, the widest application is found in the chemical industry in the manufacture of conductive composites, electrocatalysts (fuel cells), lithium and supercapacitors, microwave and glowing (GHz) and near infrared (THz) paints and coatings, optoelectronics (solar cells), biomedical (biosensors, Biocides) and in the production of various selective membrane types.

The aim of the meeting was to establish contacts between research and industry units in the field of material and chemical engineering and to present the possibilities of industrial use of nanomaterials in space activities on the example of graphene flakes and to present the production potential of the Warsaw University of Technology's Graphical Laboratory.

The official part of the event started with lecturers from the Warsaw University of Technology, Jan Szmidt, Dean of the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, Eugeniusz Molga and Vice-President of the Polish Space Agency for Science, Marek Moszyński. Later, Zbigniew Burda from the Department of Strategy and International Cooperation PAK discussed the Agency's activities in support of cooperation between industry and R & D units in Poland.

On the substantive part devoted to platelet graphene, 5 representations of PW employees were composed. Leszek Stobiński, Head of the Grafenological Laboratory of the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, discussed the problem of graphene flake synthesis in graphene laboratory and the potential application of graphene in space and military technologies. Jaroslaw Judek and Mariusz Zdrojek from the Faculty of Physics have described the use of graphene in electromagnetic shielding composites and high speed photodetectors, while Marek Kostecki and Agnieszka Jastrzębska from the Faculty of Materials Science have characterized the properties and possible applications of ceramic-graphite composites. Jerzy Banaszek and Jan Kindracki from the Faculty of Power and Aeronautics presented the main directions of the Space Technology Platform of the Warsaw University of Technology.

The event ended with talks on the possibilities and prospects for industrial-scientific cooperation in the field of graphite technology, which were conducted in 3 thematic groups: composites, including ceramic-graphene composites, electrocatalysts (fuel cells), lithium batteries and supercapacitors and biomedical (biosensors, Biocides).

It was attended by a dozen or so representatives of the space industry. Airbus Defense & Space, Solaris Optics, Nano Carbon, Cezamat, TEGEOS, ATOP (Alternative Air Protection Technology), ITME, CBK PAN, PIAP, Aviation Institute.

The meeting at the EaP was another of the thematic industry meetings organized by PAC for companies and institutions of the Polish space industry. Previous events in this cycle concerned The new ESA Big Data from Space, robotics, satellite telecommunications, and the use of Earth-based satellite data from the Copernicus program.

The organizers of the meeting were the Warsaw University of Technology and the Polish Space Agency.

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