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Double Dynamics for design of new responsive polymer networks and gels

Objective

Polymeric gels and networks are ubiquitous in daily life (foodstuff, cosmetics) and high-added value applications (tissue engineering, adhesives, coating, drug release, portable batteries, additive manufacturing). They can be either permanent (covalently crosslinked) and resist flow, or physical (reversible) and easy to process while creeping at long times. The grand challenge is to efficiently combine and control within the same material, distinct features of these two classes of networks, such as large mechanical strength, deformability, swelling and self-healing, in order to create multiply responsive materials for new applications.

The objective of DoDyNet is to develop a research roadmap that enhances our understanding of the synergistic effects arising by combining distinct dynamic modes within a polymeric network. These ‘Double Dynamics Networks’ (DDNs) are characterized by a multi-scale viscoelastic response that can be tuned via molar mass, fraction of component and dynamics of (transient or exchangeable) bonds. This will enable us to selectively tailor their macroscopic properties at molecular level.

Based on this concept, the integrated research program involves (1) novel synthesis of different DDNs; (2) detailed analysis of structure; (3) rheology and dynamics; (4) modeling and simulations; and (5) mechanical properties relevant to applications. The ESRs will benefit from the close inter-connection among these complementary tasks with the goal to obtain criteria for designing and developing new industrial DDN systems and optimizing existing materials.

DoDyNet is a highly interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial project, the groups involved are world-leaders in their fields, and the tasks strategically designed to ensure strong synergies. It offers young researchers an extraordinarily diverse training platform with a deep grasp of soft matter and unique exposure to industrial environment, needed to address emerging scientific and technological challenges.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/tissue engineering
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/additive manufacturing

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 751 680

Participants (7)

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 484 773,84
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
DSM MATERIALS SCIENCE CENTER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Urmonderbaan 22
6167 RD Geleen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE PHYSIQUE ET DECHIMIE INDUSTRIELLES DE LA VILLE DEPARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 788 626,80
Address
Rue Vauquelin 10
75231 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (2)

tesa
Germany
Address
Quickbornstrasse 24
20253 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALLNEX BELGIUM
Belgium
Address
Square Marie Curie 11
1070 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)