General information

SBO project
Started: 01/08/2014, Duration: 48 months
Status: Ended
Project contact: Peter Van Puyvelde (KULeuven)


Knowledge institutions: KU Leuven, UAntwerpen, UGentVUB

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.

This project is part of:

Tools for rational processing of nanoparticle based materials. The aim is at strengthening the scientific base for the rational processing of nanomaterials and creating technology platforms.

General information

Started: 01/07/2014
Status: Closed SIM Program
Program manager: José Spinnewyn (SIM)