Meeting Materials 13.12.2016

M2i, SIM, Bond voor Materialenkennis and Brightlands Materials Center are excited to announce the annual conference Meeting Materials. This year the conference will be held on December 13, 2016, at NBC Conference Centre in Nieuwegein (Utrecht, The Netherlands).

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Lightweight materials: needs at Flemish OEM's

The following report has been compiled by SIM after consultation with a number of Flemish OEM’s: “Lightweight materials (composites). Needs at Flemish OEM’s”.The document describes the specific needs and requests with respect to the use of composites by the consulted companies.
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About SIM-Flanders

The Strategic Initiative Materials ‘SIM’ is a virtual research centre, initiated in 2009 by the Flemish Materials Industry and the Flemish Universities. SIM’s mission is to further strengthen the scientific materials base and to build technology platforms in relevant areas with sufficient critical mass.

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First Call 2017 for innovation mandates opened

The first call 2017 for innovation mandates at the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepeneurship (VLAIO) has been opened on November 8th.
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SIM Themes

  • Durable & Sustainable Structural Materials

    Three domains were identified in this theme to match the interest and specialization of material related industry and research organizations in Flanders: hybrid structural materials, high performance Multi-functional structural materials and sustainable processes.

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  • Materials for Energy & Light

    Energy generation, storage and use is one of the main challenges for the future of Europe, therefore also of Flanders. In the SIM framework, strategic focus is on the following topics: harvesting of energy with photovoltaics, energy conversion with fuel cells and energy storage with batteries.

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  • Predictive Modeling and Advanced Characterization

    Materials and products become increasingly more complex. More different materials become available each year, resulting in endless combination possibilities for applications and functionalities. Basic knowledge, using detailed material characterization and modeling, is needed more than ever.

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  • Recyclable Materials

    Recycling is a process to change waste into new products to prevent waste of useful materials and to reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials. As products become increasingly more complex in design and functionalities, recycling becomes more difficult and the need for research increases.

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  • Tailored Nanomaterials

    The nanotechnology revolution essentially consists of the ability to control material features on the nanometer length scale. To see the economic impact of these new abilities, the basic science of nanotechnology requires continuous development and improvement.

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