Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: NMP.2012.2.1-3 | Award Amount: 6.20M | Year: 2013

Overall objective of the SHINE project is to develop a novel generation of elastomers that undergo spontaneous self-healing, leading to enhanced durability and reliability of the products made thereof (dynamic seals, shock absorbers, anti-vibration devices for vehicles, roads, railroads and bridges). The elastomers can heal without human intervention and can undergo multiple healing stages. They can prevent damage propagation by healing the microcracks or repair themselves in the case of accidental break. The objectives include also developing and standardizing test methods to quantify the efficiency and effectiveness of the self-healing process. The scientific and technical concept is based on the use of dynamic crosslinks both covalent and supramolecular (H-bonds and ionic interactions) that can be broken and reversibly reestablished to provide self-healing. Supported by the SHINE Exploitation Plan the new elastomers will be used to formulate, compound, manufacture and evaluate the final products as listed above. The results will be disseminated to initiate further research in this field. The products made by the self-healing elastomers will have prolonged lifetime, will increase reliability and enhance safety when used in vehicles, machinery and transportation infrastructure. The societal benefits are in reduction of roads incidents, injuries and fatalities, reduction in environmental pollution, and reduction of urban noise. The economic benefits include less road maintenance work, less traffic jams and waste of time associated with this, savings in energy and natural resources consumption, reduced machinery idle time due to frequent reparations, and reduced transportation costs, which will eventually improve the competitiveness of the European industry. A total of 574 person-months with project duration of 42 months are proposed for achieving the objectives of the project. SHINE has a budget of 6,2 million , with a requested EC funding of 3,9 million .


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: OCEAN 2013.3 | Award Amount: 11.27M | Year: 2014

Marine biofouling, the unwanted colonization of marine organisms on surfaces immersed in seawater has a huge economic and environmental impact in terms of maintenance requirements for marine structures, increased vessel fuel consumption, operating costs, greenhouse gas emissions and spread of non-indigenous species. The SEAFRONT project will aim to significantly advance the control of biofouling and reduce hydrodynamic drag by integrating multiple technology concepts such as surface structure, surface chemistry and bio-active/bio-based fouling control methodologies into one environmentally benign and drag-reducing solution for mobile and stationary maritime applications. In parallel, a combination of laboratory-based performance benchmarking and end-user field trials will be undertaken in order to develop an enhanced fundamental/mechanistic understanding of the coating-biofouling interaction, the impact of this on hydrodynamic drag and to inform technology development and down-selection of promising fouling control solutions. This project aims to facilitate a leap forward in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from marine transport and the conservation of the marine ecosystem by adopting a multidisciplinary and synergistic approach to fouling control.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: NMBP-24-2016 | Award Amount: 3.95M | Year: 2016

The aim of the EMMC-CSA is to establish current and forward looking complementary activities necessary to bring the field of materials modelling closer to the demands of manufacturers (both small and large enterprises) in Europe. The ultimate goal is that materials modelling and simulation will become an integral part of product life cycle management in European industry, thereby making a strong contribution to enhance innovation and competitiveness on a global level. Based on intensive efforts in the past two years within the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) which included numerous consultation and networking actions with representatives of all stakeholders including Modellers, Software Owners, Translators and Manufacturers in Europe, the EMMC identified and proposed a set of underpinning and enabling actions to increase the industrial exploitation of materials modelling in Europe EMMC-CSA will pursue the following overarching objectives in order to establish and strengthen the underpinning foundations of materials modelling in Europe and bridge the gap between academic innovation and industrial application: 1. Enhance the interaction and collaboration between all stakeholders engaged in different types of materials modelling, including modellers, software owners, translators and manufacturers. 2. Facilitate integrated materials modelling in Europe building on strong and coherent foundations. 3. Coordinate and support actors and mechanisms that enable rapid transfer of materials modelling from academic innovation to the end users and potential beneficiaries in industry. 4. Achieve greater awareness and uptake of materials modelling in industry, in particular SMEs. 5. Elaborate Roadmaps that (i) identify major obstacles to widening the use of materials modelling in European industry and (ii) elaborate strategies to overcome them. This EMMC-CSA stems directly out of the actions of the EMMC and will continue and build upon its existing activities.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: NMP.2011.1.4-5 | Award Amount: 2.25M | Year: 2011

This project aims at the development of multiscale simulation methodology and software for predicting the morphology (spatial distribution and state of aggregation of nanoparticles), thermal (glass temperature), mechanical (viscoelastic storage and loss moduli, plasticity, fracture toughness and compression strength), electrical and optical properties of soft and hard polymer matrix nanocomposites from the atomic-level characteristics of their constituent nanoparticles and macromolecules and from the processing conditions used in their preparation. The hierarchical simulation methodology and software to be developed will be validated against two main categories of systems: silica-filled natural and synthetic rubbers and carbon nanotube filled thermoset resins. The novel ground-breaking modelling methodology should significantly improve the reliable design and processability of nanocomposites contributing to the EU Grand Challenges for reduction of CO2 emission, energy savings by light-weight high-strength nanocomposites, mobility and improved living environment. The successful outcome of the project will constitute an important advance in the state of the art and will have immediate industrial, economic and environmental impact. The multiscale simulation methodology of EU-COMPNANOCOMP focuses on soft nanocomposites (thermoplastics) whereas the complementary RU-COMPNANOCOMP focuses on glassy nanocomposites (thermosets)(grey in proposal). RU-COMPNANOCOMP is completed with EU partners for experimental validation of the multiscale modelling codes. Both EU and RU consortia work on the development of algorithms to be integrated in a multiscale modelling software package for further commercialization. A total of 213.5 man months completed with 26 man months from own resources is proposed with a project duration of 36 months appropriate for achieving the challenging objectives. EU-COMPNANOCOMP has a total cost of 2.3 million with EC funding of 1.5 million requested.


Patent
Dutch Polymer Institute | Date: 2013-08-07

The invention relates to use of an arrangement of a substrate and a liquid crystal layer provided on the substrate as an optical strain sensor, wherein the liquid crystal layer comprises liquid crystalline molecules having an ordered morphology and wherein the optical properties of the liquid crystal layer change by the strain of the substrate.


Patent
Dutch Polymer Institute | Date: 2013-09-18

The invention relates to a method for observing a specimen by a TEM or a SEM, wherein the specimen comprises an ionic liquid comprising a macromolecule and the TEM or the SEM comprises a temperature-controllable specimen holder, the method comprising the steps of:- providing the specimen in the specimen holder and- controlling the temperature of the temperature-controllable specimen holder to a first temperature at which the ionic liquid of the specimen is in a liquid state and the macromolecule moves and- observing the specimen at the first temperature.


Patent
Dutch Polymer Institute | Date: 2015-02-04

The invention is directed to a process for the preparation of the silica spheres comprising the following stepsa) Providing silica nanoparticles modified with a silane according to the formula (CH_(3))_(n)SiX_(4-n) wherein X is a hydrolysable group and n is 1, 2 or 3,b) Dispersing the modified silica nanoparticles in water to form an aqueous dispersion with a pH between 8.5 and 10 or between 2 and 4, wherein the concentration of the modified silica nanoparticles is at least 0.5 wt%,c) Mixing a hydrophobic liquid comprising polyethoxysiloxane (PEOS) with the aqueous dispersion to form a reaction mixture, wherein the amount of polyethoxysiloxane in the hydrophobic liquid is between 30 and 90 wt% based on the combined weight of the hydrophobic liquid and the polyethoxysiloxane,d) Emulsifying the reaction mixture to prepare an oil-in-water type Pickering emulsion ande) Allowing the PEOS in the emulsion to hydrolyze and condense at least 1 hour to form the silica spheres.


Patent
Dutch Polymer Institute | Date: 2013-05-15

The invention relates to a process for the preparation of a substrate coated with a relief structure comprising the steps of a) coating a substrate with a coating composition comprising a polymeric binder, a photoinitiator and a compound having at least two crosslinkable groups per molecule to form a coated substrate and b) exposing said coated substrated to a pulsed light while moving said coated substrate with respect to the pulsed light to obtain a substrate coated with a relief structure. The invention also relates to films, tapes and fibres obtained with said process and to use of these films, tapes and fibres in various applications.


Patent
Dutch Polymer Institute | Date: 2013-06-19

The invention relates to a polymer comprising a central structure to which n branches are covalently attached, wherein n is an integer from 1 to 50, wherein the branches comprise polyacrylamide moieties, wherein the theoretical number average molecular weight of the polymer is at least 1 00,000g/mol. This polymer is especially suitable for use in enhanced oil recovery.


Patent
Dutch Polymer Institute | Date: 2012-02-08

The present invention relates to a process for making an array comprising array points In a predetermined pattern on a substrate, each of the array points comprising a predetermined number of a particulate object capable of functioning in an aqueous condition. The process comprises the steps of: (A) providing a hydrophobic liquid onto the substrate, (B) depositing a number of microdroplets of an aqueous suspension containing the particulate object in each of the array points by inkjet technology. The predetermined number of the microdroplets of the suspension is determined as a function of the concentration of the suspension and the average volume of the microdroplets of the suspension.

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