Prof. Dr. ir Guy Van Assche received his PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1998. After one-year stay at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, he continued as a postdoctoral researcher of the Research Foundation - Flanders, focussing on the development and application of advanced thermal analysis techniques, applied in the context of reactive polymers, polymer solutions, and nano-structured polymer systems, including nanocomposites, self-healing polymers, and photovoltaic blends. The main techniques of interest are modulated temperature DSC, rapid-scanning DSC for the analysis of small samples or thin films, AFM-based thermal analysis techniques, and the development of RheoDSC, a technique for simultaneous rheological and calorimetric analysis. The instrument and process development is supported by numerical modelling of heat transfer coupled with chemical reactions or crystallization using finite element analysis. Having been part-time lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel since 2001, he became full-time lecturer in 2011 and is teaching courses in thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, advanced thermal analysis, and nanostructured materials.
Carbon steel pipelines to transport hydrocarbons installed in the sea need to be coated for corrosion protection on the one hand and for insulation to maintain the temperature of the pipe contents on the other hand. At first, this polymer coating is factory applied to the whole length of the pipe, but afterwards cut back (ca. 40 cm) at the ends of each section (12 m) to allow the offshore welding ...
The objective of this project is the synthesis, characterization, and optimization of novel thin cross-linked polymer films with multiple reversible covalent bonds. Such films could find application as a sustainable self-restoring alternative for regular surface coatings prone to fatigue- and micro damage, thus reducing the use of raw materials and the emission of harmful components into the ...
This SBO project is part of the Horizontal Research Programme TRAP - Tools for rational processing of nanoparticle based materials that is funded by the Strategic Initiative for Materials - Flanders. The consortium for this SBO proposal is composed of five academic partners that are experts in experimental approaches for material characterization in different domains, and include KU Leuven ...
This SBO-project NAPROM is part of the SIBO network SHE and is focusing on the development of novel active protection coatings for metal surfaces, based on self-healing polymers combined with corrosion inhibitors.
Nanostructuring, morphological stability, and mechanism of charge transfer in conjugated polymer/fullerene blends for organic photovoltaic cells. An experimental and theoretical study
The aim of this project is to contribute to the fundamental insights into the mechanisms and criteria that affect the efficiency and stability of 'exciton' solar cells, based on the 'bulk heterojunction' concept. In this type of photovoltaic cells, foto-induced excitons (hole-electron pairs) that are formed in a donor phase of a phase separated system, must diffuse towards the (nano)interface ...
Advanced course in Thermal Analysis for master students and PhD students
Thermodynamics for bachelor students in Engineering
A course on the development and application of modern materials and innovative material concepts for Ma1 students, including company visits every two years.
Course on the kinetics of chemical and physical processes for Ba3 students