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Projects

RAtional DEsign of blends for bulk heterojunction SOLar cells (RADESOL)

RAtional DEsign of blends for bulk heterojunction SOLar cells (RADESOL)

The main goal of the project is to unravel nanomorphology formation at the molecular level and its effect on device performance beyond the state-of-the-art by an integrated experimental effort and a unique combination of equipment and expertises, aiming at the study of blends via advanced thermal analysis, solid-state NMR, and X-ray diffraction and ptychography 3D imaging techniques, combined ...

Towards dynamic preventive self-restoring of thin films based on photo-reversible covalent networks

The objective of this project is the synthesis, characterization, and optimization of novel thin cross-linked polymer films with multiple reversible covalent bonds. Such films could find application as a sustainable self-restoring alternative for regular surface coatings prone to fatigue- and micro damage, thus reducing the use of raw materials and the emission of harmful components into the ...

ISHECO

a self healing strategy will be developed for reinforced concrete. Possible routes are (i) a coating on the concrete (ii) coating on the steel rebars (iii) water absorbing polymers in the concrete.

Cementitious Composites for Structural Applications

Cementitious Composites for Structural Applications

A new type of wall structure for buildings will be developed in this project. They will consist of fibre reinforced cementitious skins that will also be the load bearing parts, and a core of an insulating material. This project aims to come up with a more environmental friendly way to construct small buildings. New cementitious matrices will be developed based on alkali activated cements or on ...

Electro-spinning and characterization of nanofibres from polymer blends

Nanofibres obtained through solution electrospinning have gained an exponential interest in the international scientific community over the last decade. Thanks to the extremely fine fibres, specific and unique characteristics appear such as high specific surface area, small pore size and high porosity. Most of the effort in electrospinning has been spent on the spinning of various single ...

Self-healing Actuators for Robotic Applications

Self-healing Actuators for Robotic Applications

The doctoral project is a multidisciplinary research on the implementation of available self-healing (SH) materials in compliant actuators, speci c for robotic applications. The project will be conducted on the University of Brussels (VUB) at the research group Robotics and Multibody Mechanics (R&MM) and with a strong involvement of the Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC) research ...

Rheokinetic study of inhibited polyuethanes for resin transfer moulding

In this PhD research first the polyurethane (PUR) and polyisocyanurate (PIR) reaction will be experimentally studied. To do this thermal analysis techniques will be used (DSC, dynamic rheometry and RheoDSC). The next step consists out of modeling the reactions, both PUR and PIR, using a mechanistic model. This is followed by rheokinetic modeling where the link between reaction and viscosity is ...

Molecular mixing in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells - nanomorphology vs performance

The photovoltaic behavior of organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) blends of conjugated (donor) polymers and fullerene (acceptor) derivatives has been subject of many studies in fundamental chemistry and physics since its initial discovery in 1995. From the general understanding at this moment, the nanomorphology of the active layer blend seems to be crucial. The latter is the result of a complex ...

SECEMIN: SElf-healing CEmentitous and MINeral building materials.

SECEMIN: SElf-healing CEmentitous and MINeral building materials.

Aim of the current SBO-project (SIM SHE program on Engineered Self-Healing Materials) is to develop new routes and to further elaborate on concepts for autonomous self-healing of cementitious and mineral building materials. Important objectives are: - regain impermeability of the material and as such safeguard the durability of the structure ("sealing") - restore mechanical properties of the ...

ICON2 PUrePair: Polyurethane foams and elastomers with autonomic repair.

ICON2 PUrePair: Polyurethane foams and elastomers with autonomic repair.

To eliminate the negative effects of the ageing of plastics, a self-healing approach can be used that is triggered by a degradation mechanism, like e.g. cracking. In this way, a repair function is integrated within the material itself and eliminates the need for human intervention and/or repair. This should ultimately lead to several advantages: - A longer lifetime of the product itself - The ...

Novel Active Protection Systems On Metals (NAPROM)

Novel Active Protection Systems On Metals (NAPROM)

This SBO-project NAPROM is part of the SIBO network SHE and is focusing on the development of novel active protection coatings for metal surfaces, based on self-healing polymers combined with corrosion inhibitors.

Self-healing polymer networks based on thermoreversible covalent bonding

Self-healing polymer networks based on thermoreversible covalent bonding

A new class of polymeric materials has been developped by introducing reversible covalent bonds into covalently cross-linked polymer network systems, resulting in reversible covalent polymer network systems (RCPNS). In this project the reversible covalent bonds are thermally reversible bonds, e.g. by means of the Diels-Alder reaction between furan and maleimide function groups. Polymer ...

RheoDSC – Development and experimental exploration of a hybrid analytical technique for simultaneous rheological and calorimetric measurements

RheoDSC – Development and experimental exploration of a hybrid analytical technique for simultaneous rheological and calorimetric measurements

To study transformations involving changes in both rheological and thermal properties and to study the influence of flow and flow-induced transitions, a hybrid experimental technique allowing for simultaneous rheometric and calorimetric measurements was developed. The project started from the design and development of a prototype RheoDSC, supported by numerical modelling of the heat transfer and ...

TRAP - Insitu: Tools for investigating the properties of nanoparticle suspensions during processing

This SBO project is part of the Horizontal Research Programme TRAP - Tools for rational processing of nanoparticle based materials that is funded by the Strategic Initiative for Materials - Flanders. The consortium for this SBO proposal is composed of five academic partners that are experts in experimental approaches for material characterization in different domains, and include KU Leuven ...