Experimental and theoretical study of novel (semi)conductive polymer nanocomposites based on co-continuous block copolymer matrices combined with carbon nanotubes and metal-based nanowires Vrije Universiteit Brussel
On the physiochemical properties of the interface between nanometer thin polymer films and nano-controlled oxide layers Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Silica templating approach for in-column radical polymerisation of low domain size polymer monoliths. Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Self Sensing Composites using selectively distributed conductive networks in CPCs (Conductive Polymer Composites) Ghent University
The research aims to develop an innovative sensor network with resistivity-strain behaviour through construction of oriented and selectively distributed conductive networks in CPCs. The network consists of thermoplastic nanofilled sensors which afterwards can be woven into a conductive layer and then be embedded as a sensor layer inside a composite structure to monitor behaviour and integrity of these materials.
The study of polymer-based composites is a challenging multiscale problem, involving multiple time and length scales.
From specific interface interactions to macroscopically observable mechanical failure, the time and length scales range from femtosecond and sub-angstrom to years and metres, respectively.
Computer simulations predicting the behaviour at the largest scales from the finest atomistic details remain impossible in the ...
Combining material science and chemical engineering design for novel and fast optical nanostructured sensors. Ghent University
Due to their high relative surface area, nanofibrous materials obtained via electrospinning have
shown to be ideal candidates for high-quality sensors in many sectors, including environmental
monitoring, food inspection and biomedicine. The key challenges remain (i) the controlled
incorporation of analyte-sensitive dye molecules in the nanofibers via chemical linkage without
leaching upon application and (ii) the ...
Surface science through advanced electron microscopy. University of Antwerp
The project consists in two parts. On one hand Europlasma will convert its low pressure reactor to a (PE)ALD
reactor and on the other hand Alz03 and ZnO processes will be optimized for deposition of hydrophobic or
antimicrobial coatings in open cell polymer structures, such as non-wovens and foams. The originality of the
project consists in the PEALD process optimization and understanding on these specific ...
Re2cycling of polymer blends: retained functionality of compatibilizing agents in continued recycling of contaminated polyolefin-based blends Ghent University
In the recycling of mixed polymers, compatibilizers are often used to improve the adhesion between the composing polymers. However, it is unknown to what degree these compatibilizers remain functional upon continued (re-)recycling of the blend. It is the goal of the project to predictively relate degradation of the matrix and the compatibilizing agent (CA) to the retained functionality of the CA.