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Polymer coatings and thin layers

Projects

GREENCOAT: Development of “Green” Coatings with Multifunctional Properties

GREENCOAT: Development of “Green” Coatings with Multifunctional Properties

The objective of the project is the creation of metal surfaces for construction applications with multifunctional properties in an eco-friendly and a time efficient way by atmospheric plasma processing. - Multifunctional means that depending on the application several properties are required at the same time for optimal performance. - Eco-friendly means the use of organic solvent free systems ...

Modelling flexo-graphic plate imaging

Modelling flexo-graphic plate imaging

The objective of the project is to develop a simulation tool for the Direct Flexo Imaging technique, which is a more efficient, productive and environmentally friendly technique for producing flexographic printing plates than current techniques available on the market. The project will involve the modelling of the laser irradiation and the resulting photopolymerization.

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.

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 ...

Phase behaviour and rheology of solutions and blends of conjugated polymers

Phase behaviour and rheology of solutions and blends of conjugated polymers

The goal of this project is to get insight in the fundamentals of the solution and phase behaviour of conjugated polymers in specific solvents, on the one hand, and to extend this knowledge to the rheological behaviour under shear or extension, on the other hand. This is extended from solutions of conducting polymers to mixtures of conjugated polymers with fullerene derivatives. These material ...

Towards dynamic preventive self-restoring of thin films based on photo-reversible covalent networks

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

SHREC - Self-HEaling and REpairing Coatings

SHREC is short for Self-HEaling and REpairing Coatings. SHREC is an ICON project within the SHE program context. The SHREC project looks into the concept of self-healing for coatings both for micro-scratches and for macro-scratches. Micro-scratches will be healed using incorporation of microcapsules with a self-healing compound. Macro-scratches will be tackled by use of a shape-memory ...