Kurt Van Durme is a scientist (project leader) at DSM (NL) and visiting professor in the research group Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC). He graduated in 2000 as a chemical engineer and obtained a PhD in applied sciences in 2005, investigating the phase separation behavior of aqueous polymer systems using advanced thermal analysis methods.
In 2005 he became a research engineer at Orfit Industries (BE), a company developing and producing medical devices for immobilization purposes in the field of physical rehabilitation and radiation oncology. His research focused on the relationship between processing and structure-properties of polymeric materials, like thermoplastic nanocomposites made via twin-screw extrusion.
In 2009 he joined DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. He works on structure-processing-property relationships in multifunctional polymeric materials, including coatings for heat-sensitive substrates and optical fibers, polyurethane implants made via reactive extrusion, stereolithography resins, polymer blends, … and more recently also in biomaterials. He is also global competence coordinator for physical-chemical properties, linking research needs with analytical expertise.
Since 2013 he is a visiting professor at FYSC, supervising students during their master or PhD thesis in relation to DSM projects for which advanced thermal analysis is used as the main characterization tool.
The phase behaviour of thermo-responsive aqueous polymer systems was studied by means of Modulated Temperature DSC (MTDSC). The systems investigated in this work display an LCST-type of demixing behaviour around physiological temperatures, which makes them appropriate for biomedical or pharmaceutical applications, like controlled drug delivery. A new analysis methodology was developed using ...
Nanocomposite thermoplastic polymer sheets for medical applications: influence of processing conditions on material properties
This project was performed in collaboration with Orfit Industries, a company developing and producing thermoplastic sheets for immobilization purposes in the field of physical rehabilitation and radiation oncology. The aim of this study was to reduce the sheet thickness without having to compromise on mechanical performance. To achieve this objective nanocomposite polymeric materials were made ...
Reaction kinetics and chemoreological behaviour of biobased powdercoatings for heat-sensitive substrates
Powder coatings for heat-sensitive substrates like wood, MDF, or plastics are developed using biobased building blocks. The reaction kinetics and the chemorheological behaviour of the crosslinking free radical polymerization are investigated using thermal analysis, dynamic rheometry, and RheoDSC, an in-house developed technique for doing simultaneous (MT)DSC and rheometry measurements.
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