Research
  Simulation Characterization Processing
Phase Sep. Polymers Universidade do Minho (ESR2)
KIT (ESR1) Covestro (ESR1)
Separation Membranes FORTH ESR1
FORTH ESR2)
KIT (ESR1)
GVS (ESR1)
University of Twente (ESR1)
GVS (ESR1)
Conductive Composites Universidade do Minho (ESR1)
Imperial College ESR1
Imperial College ESR2
Fraunhofer ICT (ESR1)
Imperial College (ESR3)
KIT (ESR1)
Avanzare (ESR1)
Fraunhofer ICT (ESR2)
Promolding (ESR1)

 

Nanostructured polymers, composites and phase separated materials are attracting scientific and industrial interest due to the outstanding properties and functionalities that can be achieved. However, in order to exploit their potential an in-depth understanding of the relationship between nano/micro structures and macro-level properties is required.

TheLink aims to generate this knowledge along the material development chain from design to production on an interdisciplinary basis, combining simulation, characterisation and processing. Three case studies (phase separated polymers, separation membranes, composites for electrical conductivity/self-diagnosis/EMI shielding) will be used to guide research and training and to demonstrate the project developments.

Work package 1 “Simulation”

The objective of this work package is to generate knowledge and expertise in the development and application of multi scale simulation methods for material and product developments for thermoplastic nanocomposites, phase separated polymers and filter membranes. This will include the development of equation platforms for improved comparison of calculations to experiments, and the development of preprocessing modules for industrially-used simulation packages.

Within this work package, postgraduates will work on:

  • Modelling optical, electrical and electromagnetic shielding properties of polymer composites (University of Minho)
  • Simulation of the formation of the nano- and microstructure of phase separated materials during their production (University of Minho)
  • Self-diagnosing polymeric CNT composites – first-principles atomistic simulation of the effects of CNT functionalisation (Imperial College)
  • Self-diagnosing polymeric CNT composites – 3D FEM simulation of mechanical /electrical properties (Imperial College)
  • Simulation of transport phenomena in mixed matrix membranes (FORTH)
  • Simulation of selective capturing of species in mixed matrix membranes (FORTH)

Work package 2 “Characterisation”

The objective of this work package is to advance the development and application of volumetric, cheap and robust on- and offline characterisation techniques for nanocomposites, for the material and product development of thermoplastic nanocomposites, phase separated polymers and filter membranes.

Within this work package, postgraduates will work on:

  • Volumetric characterisation of the nano- and microconfiguration of nanocomposites with conductive fillers by dielectric spectroscopy (Fraunhofer ICT)
  • Volumetric characterisation of the nano- and microconfiguration of nanostructured polymers by optical coherence tomography (KIT)
  • Characterisation of nanocarbon distribution, orientation, and interface by Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy (Imperial College)

Work package 3 “Processing of nanostructured polymers”

The aim is to generate knowledge and expertise in the processing of thermoplastic nanocomposites and phase separated polymers for product developments in the area of electrical conductivity and EMI shielding applications, filter membranes for water purification and gas separation, and blood purification and sealing materials.

Within this work package, postgraduates will work on:

  • Production of nanostructured polymers with layered nanomaterials (Avanzare)
  • Production of phase separated polymers with defined micro/nanoconfiguration (BMS)
  • Creation of oriented nanostructures in thermoplastic composites during processing (Fraunhofer ICT)
  • Processing of composites for shielding applications (Promolding)
  • Development of nanoporous polymeric materials for blood purification (University of Twente)
  • Development and characterisation of new affinity membranes and related filters for biomedical applications (GVS)