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Double Dynamics for design of new responsive polymer networks and gels

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.

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)

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FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 484 773,84

DSM MATERIALS SCIENCE CENTER BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 081,88

JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE PHYSIQUE ET DECHIMIE INDUSTRIELLES DE LA VILLE DEPARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 788 626,80

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

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ALLNEX BELGIUM

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 765811

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2017

  • End date

    31 October 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 340 690,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 340 690,20

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium