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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: https://ictac2020.jordan.pl

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!

Self-healing in mobility-restricted conditions maintaining mechanical robustness – paper published in Polymers special issue

Self-healing in mobility-restricted conditions maintaining mechanical robustness – paper published in Polymers special issue

01.11.2020 - 31.10.2021

Our paper titled " Self-Healing in Mobility-Restricted Conditions Maintaining Mechanical Robustness: Furan–Maleimide Diels–Alder Cycloadditions in Polymer Networks for Ambient Applications ", by Dorothee Ehrhardt, Jessica Mangialetto, Jolien Bertouille, Kurt Van Durme, Bruno Van Mele and Niko Van den Brande, got published in the Polymers special issue on "Recent Advances in Self-Healing Polymers". In this study we discuss the opportunities of mobility-controlled self-healing in ambient conditions of two reversible polymer networks, based on Diels–Alder cycloadditions. Polymers 2020, 12(11), 2543; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym1211254

The team rapidly expands

The team rapidly expands

01.10.2020 - 30.09.2021

Due to the recent success with a number of European project applications and other, the FYSC team is growing rapidly. We have the pleasure to introduce: 2 new postcos: Fatma Demir and Patrick Lemougna, who both have a history at FYSC. 4 new PhD candidates: Fatemeh Sahraeeazartamar, Hannelore Geeraerts, Aleix Costa Cornella and Francesca Furia 4 PhD students who will be closely collaborating with our research group: Marwa Eldiwiny and Seyedreza Kashef Tabrizian (R&MM, SMART ITN), Maria Pozo Esquiva (Suprapolix, SMART ITN) and Aurélie Van Wylick (ARCH & MICR, FWO). 1 new technical staff member: Guillermo Meza Hernandez

Polymers (MDPI) Special Issue on

Polymers (MDPI) Special Issue on "Dynamic Covalent Polymer Networks

01.10.2020 - 31.05.2021

You are cordially invited to contribute to the special issue of Polymers "Dynamic Covalent Polymer Networks". This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Chemistry". Please, find more information about the special issue at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/polymers/special_issues/dynamic_covalent_polymer_networks Manuscripts can now be submitted and will be published online after fast peer review. The deadline for manuscript submissions for this special issue: 15 May 2021.

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Thermosets

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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