What are structural power composites?

Our goal is to produce high performance materials which have the capacity to carry mechanical loads and store electrical energy; the key here was not simply to bind two disparate components together, but to produce a single coherent material that inherently performed both roles.

Structural power composites are expected to impact everyday life as we seek to generate, store and consume energy differently. To develop this technology is challenging and requires expertise and collaboration from chemists to aeronautical engineers, and a close connection between academics and industry leaders.

Meet the Structural Power Composites Team, and see who we collaborate with.

Multifunctional composite materials are the future

The Structural Power Group are developing new materials which store energy and carry load. The primary focus of the group's research and development is into structural supercapacitors; from investigating suitable materials including the synthesis of electrodes/scaffolds and electrolytes, to scalable manufacturing/architectures and modelling to produce world leading components.

Studies into damage, improving energy capacity and practical applications for automotive and aeronautical implantation are active and for our latest research please see our publication section.

Scheme
Schematic Illustration of the Concept of Multifunctional Structural Supercapacitor Device Based on CAG-Modified Structural Carbon Fiber Fabrics as the Electrodes, Structural Glass Fabric Separator, in a Polymer-Based Electrolyte.

Multifunctional Structural Supercapacitor Composites Based on Carbon Aerogel Modified High Performance Carbon Fiber Fabric
Hui Qian, Anthony R. Kucernak, Emile S. Greenhalgh, Alexander Bismarck, Milo S. P. Shaffer
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2013, 5, 13, 6113-6122, DOI: 10.1021/am400947j

Funding

The Structural Power Group is grateful for the funding provided by the UK Research and Innovation: Beyond structural - Multifunctional composites that store electrical energy (EP/P007465/1), The future composites manufacturing hub (EP/P006701/1) and the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (IOE Grant FA9550-17-1-0251) for additional funding. 

The Imperial Structural Power Group is also a member of The Structural pOweR CompositEs foR futurE civil aiRcraft (SORCERER) Project, a collaboration between Chalmers (Sweden), IMDEA (Spain), and KTH (Sweden) which receives funding from EU Horizon 2020 Programme (H2020-EU.3.4.5.1. #738085) which is part of the Clean Skys2 Funding Scheme (CS2-RIA - Research and Innovation action).