The INSITU SBO project is about methodologies for characterizing nanoparticle suspensions during processing.
A first goal is to develop a tools to characterize the state of dispersion in a polymeric matrices and in high concentrations during processing, using rheology, scattering methods, dielectrics and thermal analysis.
A second goal is assessing the energy efficiency of different in-line dispersing methods like jet-milling, combination of static mixing and impact flows, and potentially electric fields.
A third objective is developing characterization tools for thin films or deposits during a drying/coating/sintering operation. Crack formation and other surface defects are currently unsolved problems for nano-particle based coatings.
In-situ and time-resolved tools like in-situ stress measurements, laser light and X-Ray scattering, microscopy and porosimetry will be developed for different stages of a coating operation.