(Yicai Global) July 6 -- The Chinese Academy of Sciences has linked up with Airbus to establish a joint laboratory in Beijing for the development of nanocomposite materials for the aerospace sector.
The collaboration marks the first time that the French aircraft manufacturing giant has worked with a Chinese research institution, state-backed China News Service reported, adding that research at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology will cover toughened and conductive nanocomposites, as well as those with self-healing properties.
Multiple other Chinese institutes will also contribute to the research undertaken at the lab, including Tsinghua University, Sun Yat-sen University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Du Shanyi, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Professor Fan Shoushan from CAS will serve as consultants.
As an emerging frontier technology field, nanotechnology is profoundly changing the human cognition of the objective world, said Liu Minghua, director of the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology. Liu expressed hope that the cooperation with Airbus will achieve fruitful results, and that nanomaterials and technologies will improve the functional properties of aerospace composites.
Editor: William Clegg