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Visionary Seminar: Carbon Nanomaterials – Hype or commercial reality? - 16 December 2013

Organised by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are seamless cylinders of one or more layers of graphene. The unique chemical structure of these nanotubes impart mechanical and electrical properties that are unlike any other engineering material. A massive worldwide research effort has led to the understanding of the physical properties of these materials, and to the development of efficient production processes. Industrial interest in these materials is rapidly increasing, and is reflected in the fact that the current worldwide production capacity of CNTs has reached thousands of tons per year. This seminar will reflect on current and future commercial CNT applications ranging from battery electrodes, to automotive parts, sporting goods, and water filters, as well as on promising developments in the field of microelectronics.


  • 16h30: Welcome coffee
  • 17h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc
  • 17h10: Carbon Nanotubes: from hype to reality (Michaël De Volder, Lecturer Cambridge University and Chairman of the programme)
  • 17h50: Is carbon the next silicon? (Marc Heyns, Program Director imec and prof. Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering KU Leuven)
  • 18h30: Coffee break
  • 19h00: Businesscase: Carbon Nanotubes, a commercial solution for better CFRP)( Michaël Claes, Global Technology Director Nanocyl)
  • 19h40: Q&A
  • 20h00: Drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English.

imec, CAF -1.A, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)

Participation fee

  • 135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc
  • 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
  • Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated and billable to academic institutes.

Registrations before Tuesday 10 December, 2013, preferably online or by email to  (including all contact and invoice details).

Language: English
Organization: Leuven.Inc & imec
Price: 135 EUR