Gdańsk University of Technology working on electrically conductive materials made of used tires

Bartosz Bańka Politechnika Gdańska

Scientists of the Gdańsk University of Technology are working on cheap, fireproof and electrically conductive materials made of used car tires and carbon fillers. Thermoplastic composites printed in 3D technology can be used in electronics, automotive and construction.

The main goal of the project is to find innovative, environmentally friendly and cost-effective methods of recycling rubber by transforming waste into materials with higher added value. For this purpose, scientists modify shredded rubber waste to optimize the electrical properties of the obtained samples and obtain their increased fire resistance and adapt them to 3D printing.

The project is carried out in cooperation with scientists from Spain and France: with Prof. Xavier Colom from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Dr Henrim Vahabim from the University of Lorraine. Its implementation will allow the university in Gdańsk to acquire new research equipment.