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Dr. rer. nat. Michael Thomas Müller

Research Fields

  • Surface modification and nanostructuring of glass- or carbon fibers with carbon nanotubes (CNT), carbon black (CB) and graphene (GnP)
  • improving the durability of reinforcing fibers in composites by interphase modification
  • Investigation of the influence of filler combination with carbon nanotubes (CNT), carbon black (CB) or graphene (GnP) in melt mixing process on the resulting composite properties
  • Clarification of the filler dispersion mechanism (with and without processing additives)
  • Optimization of manufacturing processes, such as extrusion and injection molding in terms of morphological and electrical properties of the carbon filled composites
  • Electron induced reactive processing of polymer compounds (functionalization and crosslinking via e-beam)

Applied techniques

  • Surface modification of fibers on a glass fiber spinning line
  • Ultrasonic supported preparation of carbon filler dispersion
  • Melt mixing: DSM-Micro Compounder, ZE25 (Berstorff) Twin-Screw Extruder
  • Injection molding: Demag Ergotech 100 / 420-310
  • Light microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Thermal conductivity measurements (NanoFlash method)
  • Electrical resistance measurements
  • Rheometry: ARES rheometer

Projects

  • Nanocomposite for building constructions and civil infrastructures: European network pilot production line to promote industrial application cases (Nanoleap) EU-Project Reference: 646397; Subprogramme Area: H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2014
    Nanoleap overview video
  • Verarbeitung und Eigenschaften von graphengefüllten Thermoplasten, Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen "Otto von Guericke" e.V. / AiF-Forschungsvereinigung Kunststoffe; Forschungsgesellschaft Kunststoffe e.V. (FGK), AiF-Förderkennzeichen: 17546 BG
  • Kompetenznetzwerk für Nanosystemintegration - Anwendung von Nanotechnologien für energieeffiziente Sensorsysteme (Nanett), Teilvorhaben: Leitprojekt C - Materialintegrierte Sensorik basierend auf Nanoeffekten, BMBF-Förderkennzeichen: 03IS2011
  • BMBF-Innovationsallianz CNT - Kohlenstoffnanomaterialien erobern Märkte (Inno.CNT), Teilprojekt: "Volumenmärkte für Polymercomposites (Carbo Tube): "Entwicklung von Spritzguß- und Extrusionsanwendungen wie z.B. wärmeleitfähige Rohre, elektrisch leitfähige Kabelummantelungen, Schwellerverkleidungen, Elektronikgehäuse auf Basis CNT", BMBF-Förderkennzeichen 03X0045B