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Solvay Award 2017 granted to Joost Brancart for his PhD in self-healing polymers

30.05.2018 - 30.06.2019

The Solvay Award Jury recently announced that dr. Joost Brancart will be the recipient of a Solvay Award 2017 for his PhD entitled "Thermophysical and chemical characterization of Dynamic Covalent Polymer Network Systems: Stimuli-responsive materials for self-healing applications", which he successfully defended in front of the award jury composed of academic and industrial experts. The award will be presented during the public lectures organised by the international Solvay Institutes of Chemistry and Physics on Sunday October 21st, 2018. Congratulations Joost !

Interreg project 'concrete to concrete' launched

Interreg project 'concrete to concrete' launched

01.03.2018 - 28.02.2021

In this project, concrete will be crushed into its consituents, (hydrated)cement, sand and coarse aggregates (smaartcrusher technology). The cement wil be regenerated in a microwave furnace. In this way new high added value concrete can be produced from waste concrete. To diminish the use of raw materials, fibre reinforced concrete will be produced with 3-D fibre mats and recycled fractions. This project will be executed in the interreg region 'Flanders-The Netherlands'.

PhD position non-traditional cements


VUB-FYSC is looking for a doctoral student in the area of non-traditional cements. Candidates should have a master degree in chemical or materials Engineering, chemistry, geology or equivalent. The work will be applied and experimental rather than theoretical, but a sound theoretical background is necessary. Knowledge of material characterization techniques (thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, infrared, Vicat, …) is an asset. One project probably starts on January 2018, another position starts on March 2018. If interested, please send your cv to Details on the research group can be found on General information on doing a PhD at the university can be found on

TAWN Users meeting 2017

24.11.2017 - 24.11.2017

The TAWN users meeting 2017 will take place on 24.11.2017. The Dutch Society of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (TAWN) is a society for persons interested in Thermal Analysis and/or Calorimetry. The goal of the society is to assure that the members are well informed about the new developments in the field.

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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 ...

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