Last update: 07 June 2016

Our group

The Carbon Group of the Politecnico of Torino (Italy, www.polito.it) is part of the Materials and Processes for Micro & Nano Technologies Group and has a well established experience in the growth of large amount of very thick mats of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and in characterization of such material.
A carbon nanotube can be visualized as a hollow cylinder formed by rolling graphite sheet. Since CNT has exceptional mechanical/electrical/physical properties, this material have attracted enormous interest in recent years because of its potential applications in many fields, such as composite material, gas and chemical sensor, gas storage, nano-biotechnology, field emission display, etc..
The poor production rate and the following purification process are serious bottleneck to industrial development of CNT technology. By means of an efficient and easily scalable-up thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD), developed in our laboratory, we reached the goal to produce millimeter thick mats of high purity CNTs at an impressive deposition rate and reagent conversion. Furthermore the unique properties so far investigated on the as-grown material, such as super-hydrophobicity, high Young's modulus and modulus of rupture, suggest unique applications of this blocks of carbon nanotubes.
The Carbon group has multidisciplinary competences because it collects 2 engineers, 2 physicists, 1 biologist and a chemist and on the basis of such multidisciplinarity can participate to the development of applications in many different fields.

How to contact us

Applied Sciences and Technology Department - Politecnico di Torino
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
10129 Torino (ITALY)
e-mail: alberto.tagliaferro@polito.it
Tel: +39-011-090-7347
Fax: +39-011-090-7399

Carbon Group Brochure

Download a Detailed Brochure about Carbon Group Research Activities [download pdf]