MAST Carbon International LTD
MAST Carbon International Ltd was established in 1994 to carry out research and development into the production and use of synthetic phenolic resin derived activated carbons. MAST has been entirely self funded through a combination of fully funded commercial research projects, collaborative projects part funded through UK government and EU Framework Projects and license income. In the super capacitor and fuel cell fields MAST is currently involved in the EU project – Plant Power looking at biological fuel cells and also sits on the management committee of the COST 542 – Industrial Supercapacitor group. In the UK Mast is on the management committees of two major University projects aimed at advanced supercapacitors/batteries and biological fuel cells.
Since 1994 MAST has grown from 3 to 20 technical staff with a turnover in 2009 of £750000. This includes a world scale production capability in the area of nanoporous carbon cloth. At present MAST’s turnover is split approximately 50:50 between research and development and commercial production - a large and possibly unique commitment to R and D in the SME community. MAST is recognized world wide for its R and D in the field of nanoporous synthetic carbons and routinely receives requests to participate in collaborative programmes. MAST has extensive research, development and production facilities associated with synthetic nanoporous carbons and is one of the largest producers of activated carbon cloth – one of the target materials for this programme, and pilot scale facilities for the production of particulate phenolic resin derived materials. The facilities include furnaces with capacities from a less than a gram to 30m3, along with comprehensive pore structure characterisation equipment (nitrogen and mercury adsorption).