Project Partners

Project Partners

Company/Institute Description

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Stichting Dutch Polymer Institute

The Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI; www.polymers.nl) is a public-private partnership performing pre-competitive research into polymers and their applications, linking scientific knowledge to the industrial need for innovation. The annual research budget amounts approximately 18 million € per annum. This results in added value for universities in the form of scientific publications and for companies in the shape of intellectual property. Currently 30 international companies in polymer science and engineering and 44 knowledge institutes, throughout the world, are committed partner of DPI. Some 250 researchers (PhDs and Post-Docs) are currently involved in DPI projects at knowledge institutes supported by some 350 industrial contact persons. DPI is a virtual institute without own research facilities, but the EU project researchers can make use of the extensive expertise available at DPI affiliated knowledge institutes. In addition, DPI employs high quality research criteria to its granted projects, which are subject to an annual peer review by an independent review panel (Scientific Reference Committee) consisting of four internationally renowned scientists in the field of polymers. The high quality of the research is acknowledged by an ever increasing average impact factor of publication output, which amounted 4.5 in 2010, and an ever increasing citation impact factor of 2.19 for 2009. Last but not least, the affiliated knowledge institutes have state of the art characterization equipment for polymer science and engineering.

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 Rhodia S.A.

Rhodia, member of the Solvay group, is a specialty chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable development. As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customers’ performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate. Structured around 11 Global Business Units, Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets, consumer goods and industrial markets. Rhodia employs around 14 000 people worldwide and generated sales of €5.23 billion in 2010. Among the businesses, Rhodia Silica is the inventor and leading global provider of highly dispersible silica, which finds its main application in the production of fuel-saving tires. Rhodia’s silica is also used in a wide range of other key markets such as industrial applications, personal care and nutrition.

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 National Technical University of Athens

 With approximately 700 faculty members, 8500 undergraduate students and 1500 post-graduate students, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), founded in 1837, is the premier technology-oriented educational institution in Greece.

The Computational Materials Science and Engineering (CoMSE) group http://comse.chemeng.ntua.gr was established with the arrival of Prof. Doros N. Theodorou at NTUA in 2002. Its mission is to develop new, efficient computational methods for the quantitative understanding and prediction of properties of materials through modelling and simulation at atomistic and mesoscopic levels; to apply these methods to materials of technological interest; and to contribute to the solution of materials design problems, in collaboration with industry. Research efforts focus on polymers, copolymers, and nanocomposites from the standpoint of phase behaviour, mechanical, thermal, rheological, interfacial, and permeability properties. Also on nanoporous materials, such as zeolites, from the standpoint of their performance in industrial separations and CO2 sequestration. In a career spanning three universities (University of California at Berkeley, University of Patras, and NTUA), Prof. Theodorou (h-index = 45) has worked with 35 PhD students, 7 MS students, and 24 post-docs. 12 of his students and post-docs are now professors.

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Eindhoven University of Technology

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), founded in 1956, is a research institution of international reputation, ranked first of 350 best performing universities worldwide in regard to scientific output in cooperation with industry, according to the international CWTS ranking. It has got approximately 120 full professors, 1800 research staff, and 7000 students (4500 BSc, 2500 MSc).

The Department of Mechanical Engineering considers as the core of their activities design, realization and analysis of new products, processes and materials. Besides the basis of (solid and fluid) mechanics, materials, control and thermodynamics, parts of mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing science are important supporting tools. The field is explored by a combination of modeling using fundamental concepts and applied engineering and technology. The Mechanical Engineering Department comprises about 100 students and 250 staff members.

The research of the Polymer Technology group (http://www.mate.tue.nl/mate/peopleinsection.php/1), headed by Prof. dr. ir. Han Meijer, is aimed at bridging the gap between science and technology in the area of polymer processing and design, through the use of experimental and computational tools in the modeling of the full thermo-mechanical history of material (elements) during their formation, processing and final design, to quantitatively predict properties of processed objects.

In the Group Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter, theoretical research is carried out on polymers and other soft materials. The central issue in this research is the understanding of the relation between the molecular and microstructure of materials, the microscopic physical processes bringing about these structures, and the resulting material properties. In short: the structure-dynamics-property relation. Methods from various areas of theoretical physics are used: statistical and soft-matter physics, solid-state quantum theory, but also large-scale computer simulations from the electronic to the mesolevel length- and timescales.

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Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Laboratoire Polymères et Matériaux Avancés

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Centre for Scientific Research: CNRS) is the main government-funded research organisation in France, involved in all scientific fields. CNRS labs and researchers are at top international scientific level. CNRS (Advanced Polymer Material Laboratory) was established in 2006 as a joint research unit between CNRS and the industrial company Rhodia. The mission of the lab is both to develop fundamental research at top international academic standards and to interact strongly with the various industrial activities in which Rhodia is a worldwide leading company. The lab is strongly supported by the Rhodia R&D and by CNRS, which guaranties its scientific excellence. The objectives of the lab are to provide routes to designing and processing innovative polymer-based materials with tailored properties. Within these general objectives, the research activities which are developed are: Non-linear physics of heterogeneous polymers; microscopic dynamics of heterogeneous polymers; processing and preparation; multiscale modelling. The lab combines experimental characterization of the physical properties -using spectroscopic techniques, microscopy, scattering techniques-, of the mechanical properties of filled elastomers at small and large strain amplitudes, including ultimate properties such as resistance to tear and fatigue, and of the local dynamics in filled elastomers using innovative methods, in collaboration with other experimental groups which are leaders in the field. The lab develops modelling using the most advanced theoretical and numerical techniques.

CNRS researchers in the LPMA team have major contributions to the field of polymer dynamics, elastomers and reinforced elastomers which they initiated over the past 10 years. They have developed a theoretical model regarding the glass transition mechanisms at the nano-scale. This model allows for explaining quantitatively the shifts of glass transition temperature in the vicinity of interfaces. They have also developed a meso-scale model for describing the mechanical properties of filled elastomers both in the linear and non-linear (non-destructive) regimes. These models provide a unified picture of the respective features of thin films dynamics, and filled elastomers, and are the only ones allowing to reach the relevant time scales (100 s or more) of these issues. Extending these approaches to the case of inhomogeneous surface treatments, or to the co-existence of covalent and non-covalent interactions, as well as to the plastic properties of confined polymers, is within reach, thanks to the contribution of other partners allowing for detailed comparisons with experiments.

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General Electric

GE is a global infrastructure, finance & media company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. From everyday light bulbs to fuel cell technology, to cleaner more efficient jet engines. GE has continually shaped our world with groundbreaking innovations for over 130 years, operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide.

GE Global Research is the hub of technology development for all of GE's businesses, with 10 global laboratories organized by scientific disciplines all focused on leveraging our technology breakthroughs across multiple GE businesses. Each lab crosses geographic borders where people from the US, Europe, China and India collaborate and build on each success. The Research Centre of GE in Europe is located in Germany, Munich & is consisted of the following labs:

• Advanced Gas Engine Technology Center of Excellence

• Aerothermal Technologies Lab

• Composite Manufacturing Lab

• Controls and Power Electronics Center of Excellence

• High-Power Electronics Lab

• Imaging Technologies Lab

• Renewable Energy Systems and Instrumentation Lab

The Composites Manufacturing Lab, participating in this proposal focuses on the development or improvement of composite machinery and advanced manufacturing and process technology to support GE business activities, particularly in energy, aviation and oil and gas industries.

The vision of the lab is to advance GE’s capabilities in a globally competitive marketplace by developing and transferring critical composites manufacturing technologies to the energy and aero markets. The lab uses fiber placement and filament winding machinery as well as infusion technique to support pre-production and production of large and sub scale composite carbon/glass components. In addition, the lab works on emerging composite manufacturing technology with the introduction of new material systems, new machinery, process automation and integration of control systems and sensing. The lab, complemented by experimental facilities, develops prototype and subscale testing.

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European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers s.c.a.r.l.

ECNP is the European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers generated in 2006 as the main result of the European Network of Excellence NANOFUN-POLY, granted in FP6 and formed by 31 European and non European universities and research centres. ECNP was installed by the 10 core partners of NANOFUN-POLY with the main objective to coordinate, integrate, promote and perform activities of research, dissemination, education, training and technology transfer related to polymer nanotechnologies. Founder partners of ECNP are: The Italian Consortium for Materials Science and Technology - INSTM (Florence, Italy), Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research - IPF (Dresden, Germany); INSAVALOR representing the INSA Institute for Polymer Materials - IMP (Lyon-France), SWEREA-SICOMP (Pitea, Sweden),TECNALIA (San Sebastian, Spain), FORTH (Patras, Greece), Lodz Polytechnic (Lodz, Poland), Institute of Macromolecules of the Czech Accademy of Sciences (Prague, Czech R.), the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology of the Spanish National Research Council – ICTP-CSIC (Madrid, Spain) and Umbria Innovazione (Terni, Italy). ECNP has its headquarters in Florence and has already started operative locations in Terni (I), Alessandria (I), Lyon (F) and Madrid (E) with its own equipment and personnel.

ECNP has already participated in FP6 and FP7 competitive research projects on polymer nanotechnologies. The president of the board of ECNP, Prof. Kenny has coordinated and participated in several collaborative projects: Nanofun-poly (FP6 NoE), Pronacom (FP5 Growth), Hycoprod (FP5 Growth), SuperLightCar (FP6 IP), and ECNP is currently involved in the European projects MULTIHYBRIDS (FP6 IP) on the optimization of processing nanotechnologies for polymer nanocomposites and POCO (FP7 IP) on the development of innovative technologies for the industrial applications of polymer nanocomposites with carbon nanotubes. Moreover, ECNP is involved in several National projects regarding technology transfer in polymer nanotechnologies in Italy and France.

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University of Ulm

The University of Ulm (UU) centers its research and educational efforts on natural sciences, the engineering sciences, mathematics/computer science and medicine. With over 8,000 students and a current total staff of 1,850, it is one of the smaller universities in Germany, however, it frequently ranks one of the top schools in natural sciences in domestic rankings. It is regarded one of the best universities in the world in the field of Optoelectronics, RF Circuit Design, Microelectronics, Nanoscience. It also ranks among the top five universities in Germany for Engineering and Computer Science. An important step in combining the strength of industrial and academic research was the realization of the idea of a "science city" around the main university campus. Research centers of companies like Daimler, Nokia, Siemens have been established at the site, in addition to institutes of the university focusing on applied research. Among other large research projects, the university features four Collaborative Research Centers, such as e.g. "Hierarchic structure formation and function of organic-inorganic nanosystems". Third-party funding of research reached 70 miilion € in 2010.

 

Lomonosov Moscow State University

 

 

Institute of Macromolecular Compounds St. Petersburg

 

 

National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute

 

 

Phys Chem Ltd