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Stimuli-responsive polymers

Projects

SECEMIN: SElf-healing CEmentitous and MINeral building materials.

SECEMIN: SElf-healing CEmentitous and MINeral building materials.

Aim of the current SBO-project (SIM SHE program on Engineered Self-Healing Materials) is to develop new routes and to further elaborate on concepts for autonomous self-healing of cementitious and mineral building materials. Important objectives are: - regain impermeability of the material and as such safeguard the durability of the structure ("sealing") - restore mechanical properties of the ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Phase separation kinetics of aqueous polymer systems by means of modulated temperature DSC

Phase separation kinetics of aqueous polymer systems by means of modulated temperature DSC

The phase behaviour of thermo-responsive aqueous polymer systems was studied by means of Modulated Temperature DSC (MTDSC). The systems investigated in this work display an LCST-type of demixing behaviour around physiological temperatures, which makes them appropriate for biomedical or pharmaceutical applications, like controlled drug delivery. A new analysis methodology was developed using ...

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 ...

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 ...