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Nanostructured polymers and polymer interphases

Projects

TRAP - Insitu: Tools for investigating the properties of nanoparticle suspensions during processing

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 ...

Electro-spinning and characterization of nanofibres from polymer blends

Nanofibres obtained through solution electrospinning have gained an exponential interest in the international scientific community over the last decade. Thanks to the extremely fine fibres, specific and unique characteristics appear such as high specific surface area, small pore size and high porosity. Most of the effort in electrospinning has been spent on the spinning of various single ...

 Nanostructuring, morphological stability, and mechanism of charge transfer in conjugated polymer/fullerene blends for organic photovoltaic cells. An experimental and theoretical study

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 ...

Novel Active Protection Systems On Metals (NAPROM)

Novel Active Protection Systems On Metals (NAPROM)

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.

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 ...

Molecular mixing in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells - nanomorphology vs performance

The photovoltaic behavior of organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) blends of conjugated (donor) polymers and fullerene (acceptor) derivatives has been subject of many studies in fundamental chemistry and physics since its initial discovery in 1995. From the general understanding at this moment, the nanomorphology of the active layer blend seems to be crucial. The latter is the result of a complex ...

Adhesion and Delamination Mechanisms of Multilayer Organic Field Joint Coatings on Carbon Steel

Adhesion and Delamination Mechanisms of Multilayer Organic Field Joint Coatings on Carbon Steel

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 ...

Nanocomposite thermoplastic polymer sheets for medical applications: influence of processing conditions on material properties

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 ...

NANOFORCE - Next generation nano-engineered Polymer-Steel/CNT Hybrids (NaPoS)

NANOFORCE - Next generation nano-engineered Polymer-Steel/CNT Hybrids (NaPoS)

The Nanoforce SIBO program focuses on lightweight and multi-functional polymer-steel (fibre/cord/plate) hybrids and composites based on aligned carbon nanotubes (aCNTb's) to allow for breakthrough materials resulting in: Energy Savings (through novel lightweight structural materials), Optimal use of natural resources (by reducing energy consumption during manufacturing and use of products made ...