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Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science @ VUB

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Thermosets

Thermosets (epoxy, polyurethane, polyester, ...) are characterized by a macromolecular network architecture of high crosslink density and have a glass transition temperature beyond the application temperature. The network formation might be triggered by heat, light, atmospheric plasma. The following aspects are studied: reaction mechanism, cure kinetics and modelling, reaction-induced structure ...

Organic photovoltaics

The main objective is to achieve a more profound understanding of the OPV blend nanomorphology-performance relationship by means of the physicochemical characteristics of the active components (solubility, molecular weight, polydispersity, aggregation phenomena, crystallization kinetics, kinetics of phase separation). Unravelling this relationship provides a fundamental toolbox to engineer the ...

Self-healing polymers

Self-healing polymers are smart stimuli-responsive materials eabling to restore properties to avoid damage. As an example, self-healing polymers should undergo mechanical healing in response to an applied stimulus. Such healable polymers and composite materials offer the ability to prolong the functional lifetime of their resulting structures and coatings.

Advanced thermal analysis

The FYSC research team is contributing to the international progress of thermal analysis for materials' characterization, especially in the field of Modulated Temperature DSC (MTDSC), spatially localised thermal analysis (Micro-TA and Nano-TA), (ultra)fast thermal analysis (Rapid-scanning DSC and Chip Calorimetry) and hyphenated thermal techniques (Rheo-DSC). This work involves the development of ...

Selected Publicationsgo to publications

Patil N., Skjonsfjell E.T.B., Van den Brande N., Panduro E.A.C., Claessens R., Guizar-Sicairos M., Van Mele B. and Breiby D.W.X-Ray nanoscopy of a bulk heterojunction,PloS one,11(7): e0158345,2016 (JUL).
Block C, Watzeels N, Rahier H, Van Mele B and Van Assche GRheology of nanocomposites,Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry,105(2): 731,2011 (Aug).