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Polymer nanofibres and nanocomposites

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...