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Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science @ VUB

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Plenty of papers

Plenty of papers

01.07.2020 - 30.06.2021

During the Corona lockdown our researchers were forced to work from home, providing them with ample time to treat their data, polish their skills and knowledge with literature reviews and online courses, webinars ... and to wrap up studies in the form of peer reviewed publications.

Congratulations Seppe!!

24.06.2020 - 01.10.2023

Congratulations Seppe Terryn on being awared the BIR&D Prize for your PhD dissertation, making the front cover of the Actuators issue of June and most and foremost, congratulations with your junior postdoctoral fellowship of the FWO. Seppe was also selected for the second round of the Solvay Awards for his PhD thesis, but was finally not awarded the prestigious award.

SMART recruitment

SMART recruitment

15.03.2020 - 31.05.2020

The FYSC research group and partners are recruiting early stage researchers (ESR) for the MSCA ITN SMART ( We are looking to recruit 15 ESR in the participating institutions. The FYSC research group has 2 open positions available, as does the R&MM research group from VUB. The students will work together on the interdisciplinary project, developing smart materials for robotic applications.

Perfect score for FYSC at FWO individual fellowships 2019

Perfect score for FYSC at FWO individual fellowships 2019


All three of the applicants affiliated to the FYSC research group of VUB have been granted individual PhD fellowships from the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) Flanders. Congratulations to Jessica, Ellen and Marlies for obtaining these prestigious grants!

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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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