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News release, January 13, 2011

Inno.CNT Annual Conference 2011

Carbon nanomaterials: leading the way towards better climate protection and more efficient use of resources

Düsseldorf/Ettlingen, 13 January 2011. At Ettlingen Castle near the German town of Karlsruhe, everyone’s attention will be focused on microscopic carbon tubes (carbon nanotubes) between January 25-27, 2011. More than three hundred guests from all over the world will be attending the annual conference of the research network Inno.CNT (Innovation Alliance Carbon Nanotubes). International experts will present their latest research results and discuss the promising outlook for carbon nanotubes in numerous industrial sectors. The participants from Inno.CNT will also present initial prototypes in various fields of application. The role of CNT as the material of the future with its practically limitless applications in securing jobs and prosperity in Germany is also an important topic of discussion at the conference.

“Our research results provide important ideas for improving the future viability and sustainability of the German economy,” says Dr. Péter Krüger of Bayer MaterialScience AG and project cluster manager at Inno.CNT. “Carbon nanotubes facilitate the development of completely new materials. This boosts the economy, creates jobs and contributes to a consistent approach in meeting the challenges of climate protection as well as efficient resource and energy use. The unique material properties of carbon nanotubes such as their high electrical and thermal conductivity and extreme strength and stability make them extremely versatile. Many of the conventional materials used in the fields of energy, the environment, mobility, lightweight construction and electronics can be optimized or replaced with carbon nanotubes. For example, fuel cells and batteries can be improved, motor vehicles made lighter and wind parks more efficient.

The initial results obtained in the development of such applications will be presented at the annual Inno.CNT conference in 2011. On the first day of the conference, international guest lecturers will provide an overview of the work of similar research initiatives in foreign countries, while the second day is devoted entirely to specific applications. The displays include a CNT-reinforced concrete bench only 3 centimeters thick as well as a CNT-reinforced motorcycle helmet. Another fascinating exhibit will be the CNT rotor blade segment of a wind power plant, measuring 1.6 meters in length. Thanks to the high conductivity of the CNT it contains, its fatigue behavior can be continuously diagnosed - via remote monitoring as well - by measuring the electrical resistance. In the morning, renowned international CNT researchers will be giving their presentations. In the afternoon, parallel sessions will shed light on the issues of applications in lightweight construction, mobility, energy and the environment, modeling, manufacturing and characterization as well as dispersion. “Over 300 international participants will be attending,” exults Stefan Tröster of the Fraunhofer ICT, which is organizing the event. “This provides an opportunity for the internal and external exchange of ideas and information, particularly because Germany’s Inno.CNT will be meeting with comparable research networks from France, Israel and Japan for the first time.”

The third day of the conference is reserved exclusively for the partners of the Innovation Alliance. In lectures and practical workshops, the results achieved will be discussed internally and new Inno.CNT projects introduced.

The 2011 annual conference will be organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in collaboration with the European education network CONTACT and will be an important communication platform both for the members of the Inno.CNT Innovation Alliance and international CNT researchers.