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Job offers: FYSC is hiring researchers

Job offers: FYSC is hiring researchers


The Physical Chemistry and Polymer science (FYSC) research group is looking for both early stage researchers (PhD students) and experienced researchers (postdoc) with a passion for materials research. FYSC is currently looking to hire PhD students on three projects that have recently been granted: AMSeR: Additive Manufacturing of Self-Healing Robotics PolyFlam: Polyol based flame retardants and lubricants SHeRo: Self-Healing Robotics For more information and applications:

Workshop on Sorption Technology: The key methods in investigating moisture sorption properties

Workshop on Sorption Technology: The key methods in investigating moisture sorption properties

27.02.2019 - 27.02.2019

The workshop is aimed for industry professionals, researchers and PhD students. Attendees will gain better understanding on the uses and benefits of most advanced sorption techniques. Date: Wednesday, 27th Feb 2019 Time: 11:30 – 3:30 (CET) Venue: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium Presenter: Dr. Naima Ali. For information and registration:

TAWN Users meeting 2018

TAWN Users meeting 2018

30.11.2018 - 30.11.2018

The TAWN users meeting 2018 will take place on 30.11.2018 The Dutch Society of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (TAWN) is a society for persons interested in Thermal Analysis and/or Calorimetry. The goal of the society is to assure that the members are well informed about the new developments in the field.

Solvay Award 2017 granted to Joost Brancart for his PhD in self-healing polymers

Solvay Award 2017 granted to Joost Brancart for his PhD in self-healing polymers

30.05.2018 - 30.06.2019

The Solvay Award Jury recently announced that dr. Joost Brancart will be the recipient of a Solvay Award 2017 for his PhD entitled "Thermophysical and chemical characterization of Dynamic Covalent Polymer Network Systems: Stimuli-responsive materials for self-healing applications", which he successfully defended in front of the award jury composed of academic and industrial experts. The award will be presented during the public lectures organised by the international Solvay Institutes of Chemistry and Physics on Sunday October 21st, 2018. Congratulations Joost !

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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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