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Prof. Kurt Van Durme

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.