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Postponed  17th International Congress on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC 2020) to be held in  Krakow, Poland, on 29 Aug. – 3 Sept. 2021.

Postponed 17th International Congress on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC 2020) to be held in Krakow, Poland, on 29 Aug. – 3 Sept. 2021.

29.08.2021 - 03.09.2021

The postponed 17th International Congress on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC 2020) is going to be held in Krakow, Poland, on 29 Aug. – 3 Sept. 2021. It should be underlined that, depending on the pandemic situation worldwide, the Congress will be physically in Krakow or will be organized in the on-line form. All the information about the Congress, including abstracts submission and registration, is provided on the webpage:

AIP Summer school on Circular Economy & Plastics

AIP Summer school on Circular Economy & Plastics

17.05.2021 - 19.05.2021

The website of the 10th Epf Summer School 2021 is again available and has been updated with the titles and Abstracts of the Speakers (

Ground-breaking publication in Materials Today

Ground-breaking publication in Materials Today

20.03.2021 - 20.03.2021

"A review on self-healing polymers for soft robotics" was published online in Materials Today, a IF=26.4 journal. A big thank you to Seppe and Joost, the postdocs taking the lead in this effort, and to all PhD students, postdocs and principal investigaotrs of the SHERO project that were involved in this effort. The paper can be accessed for free over the next 50 days.

PhD defense Audrey Cuvellier

PhD defense Audrey Cuvellier

14.01.2021 - 14.01.2021

On 14 January 2021, Audrey Cuvellier successfully defended her PhD thesis titled "Combining reversible and permanent bonds in interpenetrating and partially reversible polymer networks for toughening and healing of thermosets", being awarded the highest distinction and receiving felicitations from the jury. As common in Corona times, the defense was held remotely over Zoom, which implies all the congratulations, hugs and heart-felt best wishes for the future career had to be through electronic means. The good news is that the party to be held once we can get back together is getting larger and larger, with all these PhD's, ground-breaking publications, and missed birthdays accumulating! Congratlations Audrey!

PhD Defense Robrecht Verhelle

PhD Defense Robrecht Verhelle

04.11.2020 - 04.11.2020

Robrecht Verhelle succesfully defended his PhD on "RHEOKINETICS AND NETWORK FORMATION IN CROSSLINKING STEP GROWTH POLYMERIZATION" on November 4, 2020. Congratulations Dr. Verhelle!

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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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