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Krzysztof Koziol

Dr Krzysztof Koziol

Research Fellow


University of Cambridge

Research summary

The title of my project is "High performance carbon nanotube fibres for power

transmission lines".

My research work is in the area of nanotechnology, exploration of the synthesis

and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes and formation of high performance

conducting wires.

In this research project, single-wall carbon nanotubes (nanometer size tubes

made of rolled up graphene sheets) with desirable chirality (that is, the way in

which the carbon hexagonal rings are oriented along the nanotube axis) and

dimensions are synthesized and spun into macroscopic fibres. These high

performance carbon nanotube fibres are explored as light weight highly efficient

materials for electrical wiring and general power transmission. Carbon nanotubes

due to their unique molecular structure can offer high electrical conductivity and

high currents density, both sought after especially for overhead transmission

where the high axial strength of nanotubes would also be a bonus. The outcome

of this research project will have an unprecedented impact on the future of power

transmission, as well as electrical machines. It could save billions of pounds in

terms of energy and make a significant contribution towards the reduction of

global warming. There will be several fundamental benefits from the outcome of

this research proposal. Demonstration of the chirality control of nanotubes, which

is the “holy grail” in the field, would be important in itself, while its translation into

useful wire and cable forms will make it much more immediately useful. The

immediate beneficiaries will be the electrical and power transmission industries,

while ultimately the benefits would accrue to society at large.

Grants awarded

High performance and lightweight carbon nanotube wires for power transmission

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2013 - Sep 2016

Value: £292,572.22

High performance carbon nanotube fibres for power transmission lines

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2008 - Sep 2013

Value: £532,825.40