Ultra Conductive Materials
The UltraWire is a technology development and commercialisation platform, supporting a community of technology development leaders and industrial end-users working on nano-carbon conductive materials and composite applications. Use of these materials offer additional functionality with potential to significantly enhance the properties of products, including improved electrical, thermal and mechanical performance. There are a number of applications in industry such as energy, electronics, automotive and aerospace providing lightweight, cost effective and energy efficient solutions.
The aim of the Community is to bring together technology development and commercialisation leaders, and support them with up-to-date information on innovative solutions, market trends and partnership opportunities.
The UltraWire EXPO is an exclusive virtual exhibition community supported with unique boutique style industry dominated workshops, dedicated to assisting commercialisation of new technologies providing conductive materials solutions.
You could become part of our exclusive virtual community and increase your visibility and business growth opportunities by joining the key market players and vibrant industrial decision-makers, technology developers and investors. This is an area to showcase your organization, products and services for a year on your dedicated virtual EXPO booth.
The UltraWire (Ultra Conductive Copper-Carbon Nanotube Wire) project was funded by European Commission 7th Framework Programme (EC FP7). The project started on the 1st October 2013 and finished on the 30th September 2016, it had the participation of 14 partners from leading industrial and research organisation across Europe. The aim of the project was to develop a novel copper nanocarbon composite material with improved electrical, thermal and mechanical performances. The UltraWire project also futured on the BBC News.
Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology (CNT Ltd), was responsible for management of exploitation and dissemination activities of the UltraWire Project. We have organised several UltraWire workshops, the first two, as part of the project to help exploitation and dissemination of results of the EC FP7 project UltraWire. The first Workshop took place in September 2015 in Cambridge, UK with 42 participants attending; the second, in September 2016 in Leuven, Belgium with 50 participants.
Since the end of the project, CNT has continued running workshops and exhibitions and organising networking dinners events, in order to build a community supporting commercialisation, by bringing together technology development leaders and industrial end-users.
The UltraWire workshops and networking dinners have been organised in the unique environment of the University of Cambridge colleges in the summer time. Three workshops have been in Cambridge, UK in July 2017, 2018 and 2019 with around 45-50 participants in those occasions. The workshops have also been organised as online events, bringing together many participants from different time zones around the world. In 2020 and 2021, due to the ongoing situation with the global pandemic, the workshops took place virtually via ZOOM digital platform.
The topics discussed at the UltraWire workshops include advances in development and commercialisation of applications of nano-carbon and metal based conductive materials and composites, such as lightweight, anti-icing, sensing and structural health monitoring.
Participants who attended the UltraWire workshops, have come from leading multinational end-user companies, universities and research organisations. Some of the participating Companies are: Airbus, Rolls Royce, Prysmian Group, ArcelorMittal, Whirlpool Corporation, RTE, E.G.O. Elektro-Gerätebau GmbH, SH Wire, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe, International Copper Alliance, Aurubis, , ARUP, Safran Electrical & Power, Leidos, Infineon Technologies, BOSE Corporation,, Nissan Research Center-Russia, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe, Toyota Motor Europe NV SA, Robert Bosch GmbH, Argonne National Laboratory, Talga Technologies, MBDA, Coatema Coating Machinery, Versarien, DZP Technologies, Haydale Composites Solutions, TWI, Furukawa Electric Institute of Technology Ltd; Research Institutes such as: LEITAT, TECNALIA, Fraunhofer and IMDEA and, Universities such as: University of Cambridge, University of Surrey, University of Cranfield, Swansea University, University College London, Rice University, University of Singapore, Warsaw University of Technology, Chemnitz University of Technology and University of Nottingham.
UltraWire Workshop 2022
The UltraWire Workshop 2022 “Conductive Materials Solutions Workshop”. (http://ultrawire.eu/workshops/), took place on the 29th and 30th June 2022, as a hybrid meeting. The in-person event took place at the Murray Edwards College (Cambridge), with a dinner on the 29th June, at Sidney Sussex College (Cambridge).
More information on this event can be found in the Workshops page
UltraWire Workshop- 15 July 2021
Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd and its sister company CNT Innovation (www.cnt-innovation.com) organised the UltraWire Workshop (Conductive Materials Solutions Workshop”), on the 15th July 2021, on ZOOM digital platform. . The UltraWire workshop aims to support commercialisation of new technologies providing conductive materials solutions including nano-carbon and metal-based composite materials for a number of applications.
This year the UltraWire linked with the GRAPHOSITE Project (www.graphosite.co.uk). The GRAPHOSITE is a project funded by Innovate UK (reference 104266) which started in August 2018 and will run until July 2021. The main objective of the project is to develop a Graphene Sensor for Defect Detection and Predictive Maintenance in Composite Materials for use as a highly efficient, more convenient composite monitoring tool. This technology is based on an enhanced graphene-substrate interaction, with the ability to embed within a composite structure. It has the participation of 6 Partners: Advise-DETA (Project Coordinator), Brunel University London, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd, DZP Technologies, Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd and TWI.
Around 30 people registered to participate on this workshop, they came from leading organisations, research centres and universities such as: Airbus, Prysmian Group, SAFRAN, Graphenea, Belden, Furukawa Electric Institute of Technology, MBDA Systems, Bronkhorst UK, Conductores Monterrey, PADAR tecnoenergie, University of Cambridge, University of Strathclyde, Soongsil University and Ataturk University and the GRAPHOSITE Partners: ADVISE Deta, TWI, Haydale Composites, DZP Technologies, Brunel Composites Center. CNT Ltd.
For more details and information, please visit the Workshops page. A Post Event report can also be found below.
UltraWire on BBC News!
The UltraWire project was featured at the BBC News Click programme. The programme was shown on TV for the first time on 9 April 2016 on the BBC News and the BBC World News channels and few more times in following days and weeks. It was available for download and viewing in the UK until February 2017 on the BBC iPlayer through this link:
The EC FP7 UltraWire project ended on 30 September 2016; however, the project partners and other researchers around the world are continuing development of this exciting technology.