REcent Publications:


By: Yi Liu, Han Zhang, Harshit Porwal, Wei Tu, Jamie Evans, Mark Newton, James JC Busfield, Ton Peijs, Emiliano Bilotti

Advanced Functional Materials 27 (39).

​By: Doris W.Y. Wong, Han Zhang, Emiliano Bilotti, Ton Peijs

Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 101. 151-159

​By: Han Zhang, Yi Liu, Shanshan Huo, Joe Briscoe, Wei Tu, Olivier T Picot, Amir Rezai, Emiliano Bilotti, Ton Peijs

Composites Science and Technology 139, 138-145.

By: Han Zhang, Emiliano Bilotti, Ton Peijs. The Structural Integrity of Carbon Fiber Composites, 101-106.


By: Yan Li, Han Zhang, Maria Crespo-Ribadeneyra, Harshit Porwal, Olivier Thomas Picot, Giovanni Santagiuliana, Zhaohui Huang, Ettore Barbieri, Nicola M Pugno, Ton Peijs, Emiliano Bilotti.

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8(36) 24112-24122

By: Han Zhang, Emiliano Bilotti, Ton Peijs - Nanocomposites, - Taylor & Francis


By: Han Zhang, Anisha Bharti, Zheng Li, Sixuan Du, Emiliano Bilotti, Ton Peijs
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 79, 116-126

By: Han Zhang, Yi Liu, Emiliano Bilotti, Ton Peijs
Advanced Composites Letters 24 (4), 83-88P

By: Zhang, Han; Kuwata, Manabu; Emiliano Bilotti; and Ton Peijs​
Journal of Nanomaterials Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 785834, 7 pages

By: Han Zhang, Emiliano Bilotti, Wei Tu, Chun Yee Lew, Ton Peijs

European Polymer Journal  Volume 68, July 2015, Pages 128–138  Published:JUL 2015

By: Zhang, Han; Liu, Yi; Kuwata, Manabu; et al.


By: Goutianos, S.; Arevalo, R.; Sorensen, B. F.; et al.
APPLIED COMPOSITE MATERIALS  Volume: 21   Issue: 6   Pages: 805-825   Published: DEC 2014

By: Nuzzo, A.; Bilotti, E.; Peijs, T.; et al.
POLYMER  Volume: 55   Issue: 19   Pages: 4908-4919   Published: SEP 15 2014

Multifunctional Carbon Fibre Composites

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have potential for a wide range of applications in the composite field. Their large aspect ratio, excellent conductivity, and ultra-high mechanical and thermal properties make them an outstanding candidate for multifunctional nanofillers in combination with carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP). Thanks to their intrinsic multifunctionality, CNTs have demonstrated to be able to provide polymer composites with electrical properties, mechanical properties, sensing ability, self-healing properties, thermal conductivity and improved thermal stability, etc. A combination of these properties can be tailored by engineering these materials from the nano to mm level into hierarchical structures in order to fulfill desired applications.

Damage sensing in structural composites is one of the important possible applications for CNT/polymer composites. It is demonstrated that conducting carbon nanotube networks formed in a thermosetting polymer matrix can be used as highly sensitive sensors for detecting the onset, nature, and evolution of damage in advanced composites. The internal damage accumulation can be monitored in situ using electrical measurements. These results demonstrate promises for the evaluation of self-healing approaches for polymer composites and the development of enhanced life prediction methodologies.