R&D Carbon performs basic and applied research in conjunction with leading worldwide companies that are working on carbon. Together with universities in New Zealand, Switzerland and China, seven Ph.D. dissertations were completed, on raw material and to process improvement. Hundreds of fundamental technical papers were published in renowned journals. Several comprehensive handbooks were published. Twenty international awards were received. More than 50 patents in process and product development were granted.
Sophisticated modern research equipment and corresponding techniques are applied to link the macrostructure properties of the carbon materials to their porosity, crystallinity and macrostructure. Among them, X-Ray spectrometry and diffractometry, mercury pressure porosimetry and microscopy image analyzer have been proven as very efficient tools in the laboratory of R&D Carbon.
The combination of the long experience, specific know-how and wide range of infrastructure allows R&D Carbon giving a real added value to the technical services provided to its customers.
Based on its long-term experience in the carbon field, R&D Carbon has developed several pilot and bench-scale evaluations, to verify the suitability of given raw materials depending on the final applications. These evaluations can be used for the development of new carbon materials, for optimization or for ensuring the quality of the end product.
R&D Carbon experts constantly develop new types of evaluations to fit the needs of the industry or for special requests.
These research activities are summarized in books and technical papers which are published in international journals and are presented at well-attended conferences and meetings. The up-to-date knowledge acquired through these research programs enables our audit and plant optimization teams to provide efficient services to our customers.