Research

 

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) are used to guide research and to demonstrate the project developments.

Introduction to TheLink and its consortium

 

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 includes 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 are working on:

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 are working on:

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 are working on:

Interrelation between the work packages and case studies

  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)

 

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