Tuesday, 9 February 2010

New Composite Material Could Mean Cars of the Future are Powered by their Bodywork

A team of researchers from Imperial, comprising several Chemical Engineers including Prof. Alexander Bismarck, are developing a prototype material which can store and discharge electrical energy and which is also strong and lightweight enough to be used for car parts.

In addition to making hybrid vehicles lighter and more energy efficient, the researchers believe the material, which has been patented by Imperial, could potentially be used for the casings of many everyday objects such as mobile phones and computers, so that they would not need a separate battery.

You can read more about this exciting development on the College's website here, and in an article featured in tce today here.

Video: Group leader Dr. Emile Greenhalgh of the Department of Aeronautics explains how the material works

Other members of the team working on Composite Energy Storage are Prof. Milo Shaffer, Dr. Joachim Steinke, Prof. Anthony Kucernak (Chemistry) and Chemical Engineering researchers Dr. Natasha Shirshova, Dr. Kingsley Ho, Dr. Hui Qian and Atif Javaid.


  1. For engineering buffs: please come to see a screening of 'The White Diamond,' Werner Herzog's documentary about Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington, at the Frontline Club. The film documents Dr. Dorrington as he embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the tree-tops. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Dorrington, and I think for all engineering students it would be an interesting and thought-provoking discussion! Tickets are £8 for early birds.

  2. that sounds awesome, like taken from science fiction, and I hope that car can be a reality!