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Polymer engineering via molecular design: embedding electrical and optical properties into VITrimers

Objective

Plastics are strategic materials for several key sectors and the rethinking of plastics within the circular economy concept is pivotal for a more sustainable and resource efficient Europe. In particular, composites and thermosets, materials of choice for applications where long-term use and mechanical resistance are critical, cannot be mechanically re-processed since at elevated temperature they do not flow but degrade. A powerful new strategy to produce reprocessable cross-linked polymers is the functionalization of the polymer matrix with cross-links able to reverse or exchange at elevated temperatures. These covalent adaptable networks (CANs), also known as vitrimers, are able to shuffle chemical bonds through exchange reactions at high temperature, allowing for material reprocessing. To fully exploit the potential of vitrimers in high-end consumer goods, their properties need to be tailored to the specific application by embedding functional additives. Moreover, to accomplish vitrimer circularisation, such properties must also be preserved upon recycling. The VIT proposal intends to engineer vitrimers by endowing these polymers with highly desired functional optical and electrical properties, which are retained after recycling, fulfilling the circular economy paradigm “use-reuse-repair-recycle”. The VIT network gathers the expertise required to tackle this timely challenge. The consortium is composed of 10 high-level academic research groups from 3 different continents (Europe, America, Asia) and 2 highly innovative companies. By the seconding of 97 ERs/ERSs across Europe and worldwide, the aim is to capitalize on the consortium expertise in the chemistry and processing of functional materials to develop a new generation of advanced functional vitrimers able to satisfy the stringent requirements of reprocessability while preserving their properties.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 349 600

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 197 800
Address
Piazzale Europa 1
34127 Trieste
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 381 800
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 119 600
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 207 000
Address
Campus De Caparica Faculdade De Ciencias E Tecnologia Da Universidade Nova De Lisboa
2829 516 Caparica
Activity type
Research Organisations
PLUX - WIRELESS BIOSIGNALS S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 92 000
Address
Zona Industrial Das Corredouras, Lote 14 1 Andar
2630 369 Arruda Dos Vinhos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BORMIOLI PHARMA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 4 600
Address
Corso Magenta 84
20123 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (4)

UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA PAHANG
Malaysia
Address
Lebuhraya Tun Razak Gambang
26300 Kuantan Pahang
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)
Argentina
Address
Godoy Cruz 2290
C1425FQB Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA REPUBLICA
Uruguay
Address
Avenida 18 De Julio 1824
11200 Montevideo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
United States
Address
Massachusetts Avenue 77
02139 Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments