FutureCarbon GmbH (FC), Germany

FutureCarbon, located in Bayreuth, Germany, is an SME working in the field of carbon nanotechnology. FutureCarbon specializes in

  • development and manufacture of carbon nanomaterials and their

  • functionalization and adaption of the nanosized surfaces to the matrix / application

  • requirements, including precipitation of catalytically active (noble) metals

  • refinement into dispersions or carbon “super-composites” with unique electrical, mechanical, catalytical and thermal properties as

  • pre-products for industrial further processing or final products.

FutureCarbon’s core competency is the translation of the exeptional properties of Carbon Nanomaterials on the nanoscale into the macroscopic world of real applications. All of the materials are or can be manufactured on an industrial scale.

For the manufacture of composites FutureCarbon develops and produces innovative high-tech dispersions based on nanocarbon materials with unique advantages as a response to mechanical, electrical or thermal requirements.

FutureCarbon’s expertise focuses on composite materials and adapted / functionalized carbon nanomaterials, ranging from analysis of the requirements to determine concrete solutions through implementation of innovations in products serving industrial demands to industrial manufacturing process technology.

Key people involved

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a material science engineer working as head of FutureCarbon’s future application development. His PhD thesis includes development and design of carbon nanomaterial supported catalysts for PEM fuel cells. He has carried out chemical and electrochemical characterization of carbon nanomaterials concerning their oxidation stability at elevated temperatures or at certain voltage potentials. Tim Schubert will coordinate FutureCarbon’s activities within the project.

Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Gmeiner focuses on the surface chemistry and physics of carbon nanomaterials, preparing different functionalization methods to adapt the materials to applications’ needs. Within the project Alexander Gmeiner will adapt the carbon nanomaterial surfaces using different known and yet non-known techniques to improve oxidation stability. A. Gmeiner has broad knowledge in the field of nanomaterial surface and chemical binding analysis.

Dipl.-Ing. Simon Jehnes will take care of synthesis of taylormade batches of the required carbon nanotubes and / or carbon nanofibres even in larger quantities, including process control and optimisation.

Andrea Glasser will carry out wet chemical and gas phase based adaptions and functionalizations of the carbon nanomaterials and chemical analysis / characterizations of the CNTs / CNFs.

Major role in the project

FC covers the synthesis and modification of carbon nanomaterials (nanotubes and nanofibers) as catalyst support in WP1. The hydrothermal stability of carbon supports is studied in WP4 where FC is WP leader. In WP5 FC provides knowledge on production costs of carbon materials for a cost based valuation of carbon catalysts.