Multifunctional nanoreinforced composites

Categories: Current Research


Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) is a well-known composite material for structural applications. Carbon-based nanomaterials, metallic nanoparticles along with a new generation of conductive polymers are some of the most promising fillers that can be added to CFRP to tailor their mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. We design and process nano reinforced materials and investigate their behavior by several characterization techniques including microscopy, x-ray tomography, mechanical analysis, thermal analysis, electrical conductivity measurements and coupled electromechanical analysis. The final target is to predict the influence of the formulation and the process on the final macroscopic properties for their practical design. This requires advanced modeling and simulation strategies that are also developed by the COHMAS team.



  • Prof. Gilles Lubineau (PI
  • Xin Yangyang (PhD candidate)

Former member(s):

  • Dr. Fei Han (former Research Scientist; currently Associate Professor in Dalian University)
  • Dr. Jian Zhou (former Postdoc Fellow; currently Associate Professor in Sun Yat Sen University)
  • Dr. Xuezu Xu (former Postdoc Fellow)
  • Dr. Angel Mora (former PhD candidate; currently Postdoc Fellow at Khalifa University)
  • Dr. Isaac Aguilar Ventura (former PhD candidate; currently in Saudi ARAMCO)
  • Dr. Archana Patole (former Postdoc Fellow)
  • Tirupathi Maloth (former MS student; currently PhD student at Johns Hopkins University)

Funding agency: SABIC and Boeing

  • Amit Tevtia (SABIC CRD, KAUST)
  • Boeing
  1. L. Zhanshayeva, V. Favaron, G. Lubineau. Macroscopic modeling of water uptake behavior of PEDOT:PSS films. ACS Omega, 2019
  2. Angel Mora, Fei Han and Gilles Lubineau. Computational modeling of electrically conductive networks formed by graphene nanoplatelet carbon nanotube hybrid particles, Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. Volume 26 2018, Page 035010
  3. Gilles Lubineau, Angel Mora, Fei Han, Ihab N. Odeh, Recep Yaldiz. A morphological investigation of conductive networks in polymers loaded with carbon nanotubes, Computational Materials Science, Volume 130, 1 April 2017, Pages 21-38
  4. ​Angel Mora, Fei Han, Gilles Lubineau. A morphological investigation of conductive networks in polymers loaded with carbon nanotubes, Computational Materials Science, Volume 130, 1 April 2017, Pages 21-3
  5. Isaac Aguilar Ventura, Jian Zhou, Gilles Lubineau. Drastic modification of the piezoresistive behavior of polymer nanocomposites by using conductive polymer coatings, Composites Science and Technology, Volume 117, 29 September 2015, Pages 342-350
  6. Archana Patole, Isaac Aguilar Ventura, Gilles Lubineau. Thermal conductivity and stability of a three-phase blend of carbon nanotubes, conductive polymer, and silver nanoparticles incorporated into polycarbonate nanocomposites, J. APPL. POLYM. SCI. 2015, Page 4228
  7. Archana Patole, Gilles Lubineau. Carbon nanotubes with silver nanoparticle decoration and conductive polymer coating for improving the electrical conductivity of polycarbonate composites, Carbon, Volume 81, January 2015, Pages 720-730
  8. Isaac Aguilar Ventura, Jian Zhou, Gilles Lubineau. Investigating the Inter-Tube Conduction Mechanism in Polycarbonate Nanocomposites Prepared with Conductive Polymer-Coated Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoscale Res Lett, 2015, Page 485.​