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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 Thus this report presents the characterization of mortars made from CEM I were the sand has been replaced by the product of different treatment.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/

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 !

Interreg project 'concrete to concrete' launched

Interreg project 'concrete to concrete' launched

01.03.2018 - 28.02.2021

In this project, concrete will be crushed into its consituents, (hydrated)cement, sand and coarse aggregates (smaartcrusher technology). The cement wil be regenerated in a microwave furnace. In this way new high added value concrete can be produced from waste concrete. To diminish the use of raw materials, fibre reinforced concrete will be produced with 3-D fibre mats and recycled fractions. This project will be executed in the interreg region 'Flanders-The Netherlands'.