José F. Blanco Villalba

José Francisco Blanco Villalba

Country: Spain  
Institution: Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT more...

Developing sensors for environmental applications within the Marie Curie Training Network SENSEIVER. Characterization of ceramic (LTCC) materials with impedance spectroscopy. Simulation of fluid sensors using COMSOL™ (Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi" of Iași, Romania; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Institute of Electron Technology, Krakow, Poland)

Master Thesis, “Porous phosphate heterostructures and ammonium paratungstate for impedance-based in situ reaction monitoring” (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Chemical Engineering, (University of Málaga, Spain)

List of Publications: Poster at the 9th International Conference on Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy 2016:
“Effect of the Fluid Flow on the Distribution of Carbon Nanotubes during the Injection Moulding of Polymer Nanocomposites”
ESR Project:

Topic: Volumetric characterization of the nano- and microconfiguration of nanocomposites with conductive fillers by dielectric spectroscopy.

Goal: Development of an easy to use measurement technology for the nano- and micromorphology of nanocomposites with conductive nanostructures based on the determination of dielectric properties.

This volume-averaging measurement technique will be applied to solid composite materials and melts under different shear and load conditions. The dielectric response will be correlated with the material´s macroscopic observable electrical conductivities and with the nanoscopic and microscopic configurations of the composites simulated in Universidade do Minho (ESR1) and in Imperial College (ESR3) and measured by microscopic methods as well as OCT (at KIT) and the techniques developed by ESR2 in Imperial College.
Potential Applications:

The extraordinary properties of nanomaterials like carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphene make them prime candidates for the development of new materials for application in a wide range of industries: space, pharmaceutical, construction, military, energy, etc.

Their use as high strength, high conductivity, thermoplastic polymer reinforcements has been widely reported. However, the challenge of achieving a good dispersion of CNTs in polymeric matrices (due to their tendency to agglomerate) must be overcome in order to fully exploit their potential use in such applications.

To achieve this, highly effective, reliable and fast methods of characterizing the dispersion of CNTs in polymeric matrices are crucial. This research project aims to develop effective qualitative and quantitative characterization techniques for the dispersion of CNTs in polymeric matrices.