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Projects

Soft Self-responsive Smart MAterials for RoboTs

Soft Self-responsive Smart MAterials for RoboTs

The SMART Innovative Training Network is a joint venture between academia and industry, providing scientific and personal development of young researchers in the multidisciplinary fields of soft robotics and smart materials. SMART will realize the technologically and scientifically ambitious breakthroughs to exploit smart, stimuli-responsive material systems for actuation, sensing and ...

Chemitecture

Chemitecture

Digital materials for a personalized world Using smart CHEMIstry and additive manufacturing approaches for creating polymeric archiTECTURES to reach a new level/dimension in tailored material design and function

Self-Healing Robotics

Self-Healing Robotics

The SHERO project is funded under the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme of the European Commission (grant agreement ID 828818). The radical vision of the SHERO project is the ambitious development of fully-autonomous self-healing soft robotic devices, by integrating engineered functional materials, smart sensing and active actuation and control capabilities into soft robots.

PolyFlam: Polyol-based Flame Retardants and Lubricants

The PolyFlam VLAIO ICON project will investigate new, greener synthesis routes for polyols (KU Leuven & Oleon) and the functionalization thereof by esterification and phosphorylation (UGent) for several different applications. The degradation kinetics and flame retardant properties of the synthesized phosphorylated polyols will be investigated (VUB) in close collaboration with industrial partners ...

Concrete to concrete (Beton naar hoogwaardig beton)

Concrete to concrete (Beton naar hoogwaardig beton)

The project aims at closing the recycling loop for concrete. Concrete is the most used material on earth but till today, concrete can only be downcycled. In this project, concrete will be crushed into its constituents hydrated cement, unreacted cement, sand and coarse aggregates. The hydrated cement will be reactivated in a microwave furnace using green electricity. In doing so, new high quality ...

RAtional DEsign of blends for bulk heterojunction SOLar cells (RADESOL)

RAtional DEsign of blends for bulk heterojunction SOLar cells (RADESOL)

The main goal of the project is to unravel nanomorphology formation at the molecular level and its effect on device performance beyond the state-of-the-art by an integrated experimental effort and a unique combination of equipment and expertises, aiming at the study of blends via advanced thermal analysis, solid-state NMR, and X-ray diffraction and ptychography 3D imaging techniques, combined ...

Cementitious Composites for Structural Applications

Cementitious Composites for Structural Applications

A new type of wall structure for buildings will be developed in this project. They will consist of fibre reinforced cementitious skins that will also be the load bearing parts, and a core of an insulating material. This project aims to come up with a more environmental friendly way to construct small buildings. New cementitious matrices will be developed based on alkali activated cements or on ...

Self-healing Actuators for Robotic Applications

Self-healing Actuators for Robotic Applications

The doctoral project is a multidisciplinary research on the implementation of available self-healing (SH) materials in compliant actuators, speci c for robotic applications. The project will be conducted on the University of Brussels (VUB) at the research group Robotics and Multibody Mechanics (R&MM) and with a strong involvement of the Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC) research ...

Rheokinetic study of inhibited polyuethanes for resin transfer moulding

In this PhD research first the polyurethane (PUR) and polyisocyanurate (PIR) reaction will be experimentally studied. To do this thermal analysis techniques will be used (DSC, dynamic rheometry and RheoDSC). The next step consists out of modeling the reactions, both PUR and PIR, using a mechanistic model. This is followed by rheokinetic modeling where the link between reaction and viscosity is ...

AMSeR: Additive Manufacturing of Self-Healing Robotics

AMSeR: Additive Manufacturing of Self-Healing Robotics

The possibility to use additive manufacturing techniques for advanced processing of reversible polymer networks is explored in a collaborative FWO SBO project between VUB and KU Leuven. The FYSC research group focuses on the use of the fused filament fabrication method for 3D printing of soft actuators and sensors in a close collaboration with the R&MM robotics research group at VUB. At the SMaRT ...

Self-healing polymer networks based on thermoreversible covalent bonding

Self-healing polymer networks based on thermoreversible covalent bonding

A new class of polymeric materials has been developped by introducing reversible covalent bonds into covalently cross-linked polymer network systems, resulting in reversible covalent polymer network systems (RCPNS). In this project the reversible covalent bonds are thermally reversible bonds, e.g. by means of the Diels-Alder reaction between furan and maleimide function groups. Polymer ...