Carbon nanotubes may have great application potentials in a variety of different domains, such as aeronautics and aerospace, automobile, energy, waste treatment and electronics, due to their specific structures and outstanding properties. However, its road towards the real applications is blocked by some of their intrinsic characteristics, such as chemical inertness, ease of agglomeration, difficulty of manipulation, difficulty of dispersion in various matrix, difficulty of large-scale production of nanotubes with controlled structures, and health related issues. In our group, we have developed a novel technology which allows growing CNTs on different kinds of substrates, such as carbon fibers/tissus, ceramic particles, and glass fibers/tissues. This one-step method is highly cost efficient, and easy to be scaled-up. The developed hybrids materials, CNTs/micro or nano substrates, have superior overall performance compared to other nano or micro reinforcements.
Jinbo Bai received his Master degree of Solid Mechanics from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1985 and PhD degree of Science of Materials from Ecole Centrale Paris in 1991. He was lecturer of Mechanics of Materials in Northwestern Polytechnic University 1985-1987 and CNRS Researcher then Director of research at Lab. MSSMAT, UMR8579 of Ecole Centrale Paris since 1991. His research interest cover from nuclear materials Zr&Ti, hydrogen storage and embrittlement, composites materials, micromechanical modelling, finite element simulations, carbon nanomaterials’ syntheses, characterizations and applications, structural and multi-functional nano/microcomposites, hybrid fillers, heat management, energy storage and green energy in general.