Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites

This presentation will show an overview of EB’s research effort, driven by the vision to apply nanotechnology to polymers for: i) advancing fundamental understanding of polymer physics and processing and ii) provide polymers with a host of new functionalities, including electrical and thermal conductivity, sensing, gas barrier, fire retardancy, etc., for the benefit of different industries.

The talk will focus on: smart polymer composites (sensors, pyro-resistivity for self-regulating heater, actuation/shape programming), polymer for energy harvesting (organic thermoelectric) and energy storage (polymer film capacitors), and sustainable high-performance polymers (polylactic acid and silk).

Selected papers presented: i) Ren et al. Nano Energy (2020) 104662. ii) Meng et al. Nature Communications (2019) 10, 4535. iii) Santagiuliana et al. ACS Nano (2018) 12, 9040. iv) Taroni et al. Advanced Functional Materials (2018) 28, 1704285. v) Liu et al. Advanced Functional Materials (2017), 27, 1702253. vi) Li et al. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2016), 8, 24112


Dr Emiliano Bilotti is Senior Lecturer in Multifunctional Polymer Composites in the Department of Aeronautics of Imperial College London.

He joined Imperial in 2022 after having held various academic positions within the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London, from Academic Fellow to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader.

Prior to his academic career, he was the Research and Technology Manager of Nanoforce Technology, Ltd., a company involved in industrial type R&D in the area of (nano)materials processing (2010-2011).

In 2009, he completed his doctoral studies at the Materials Department at Queen Mary University of London, on polymer/clay nanocomposites and new environment friendly flame retardant materials – within the frame of the European STRP project “Nanofire” – followed by a postdoc (2009-2010) on smart textiles, within the “Inteltex” FP7 EC project.

Prior to moving to the U.K., he graduated ‘cum laudae’ in Materials Engineering (‘laurea’ degree, equivalent to MEng) from the University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy) in 2004.

About Energy Futures Lab

Energy Futures Lab is one of seven Global Institutes at Imperial College London. The institute was established to address global energy challenges by identifying and leading new opportunities to serve industry, government and society at large through high quality research, evidence and advocacy for positive change. The institute aims to promote energy innovation and advance systemic solutions for a sustainable energy future by bringing together the science, engineering and policy expertise at Imperial and fostering collaboration with a wide variety of external partners.

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