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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.

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.

Perfect score for FYSC at FWO individual fellowships 2019

Perfect score for FYSC at FWO individual fellowships 2019

10.10.2019

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!

Interreg project 'Concrete to concrete', master thesis, Recovery of sand fraction

01.09.2019 - 01.02.2020

Concrete is used worldwide and its production needs tremendous amounts of sand. The recycling of end-of-life concrete becomes more and more interesting economically and environmentally. Application for particles larger than 4 mm are already existing, however, the fine fraction below 4 mm caused some issues, namely the separation of the hardened cement paste glued on others particles. In this report is investigated how different treatments influence the properties of this fraction. Thus this report presents the characterization of mortars made from CEM I were the sand has been replaced by the product of different treatment. Coming from a batch where the size distribution the recycled concrete was first sieved (with sieve openings of : 4mm, 2mm, 1mm, 0.5mm, 0.212mm, 0.125mm, 0.063mm) before being dehydrated at 550°C. or 750°C, then some of the material was softly milled in planetary ball mill in order to break hardened cement paste. To look at the impact of temperature and milling, XRD and XRF and sieving analysis were carried out. XRD pointed out different changes in microstructure depending of the temperature of treatment. XRF and PSD analysis showed how the different milling parameters influenced size and composition. Finally mortars were casted with dehydrated fines or milled material as sand replacement to compare with mortar with fresh sand. Compression tests and resoanalysis showed that after 28 days the sample with dehydrated fines had strength 10% smaller comparing to the reference, on the other hand the compressive strength of mortars with milled material was 2.5 times smaller than the reference. Concerning Young’s modulus, both sets where fresh sand was replaced have a modulus about two times smaller than the reference. These results give good hopes and many paths to explore so that one day sand could be replaced by some cheap recycled cement material without great mechanical properties losses and thus making concrete industry more environmentally sustainable. (Hugo Keller, Master thesis)

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: https://www.surfacemeasurementsystems.com/vrije/