Research indicates the potential of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic that is made multifunctional while still maintaining its structural integrity. Novel functionality including sensors, energy harvesting, lighting, and communication antennae can now be integrated into the structure of the composite to usher in a new era in composite technology.

In the future, carbon nanotube modified carbon fiber composites could lead to exciting possibilities such as energy harvesting and storage structures with self-healing capabilities. The material utilizes high-quality carbon nanotubes grown at a high density to allow electrical transport throughout the composite material.