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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

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 (https://www.aim.it/epfschool2021/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!

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.

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 (http://www.smartitn.eu/). 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.