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Multi-Scale Modeling of Nano-Structured Polymeric Materials: From Chemistry to Materials Performance

Objective

The practice of adding micron sized inorganic filler particles to reinforce polymeric materials can be traced back to the early years of the composite industry. With synthetic methods that can produce nanometer sized fillers, resulting in an enormous increase of surface area, polymers reinforced with nanoscale particles should show vastly improved properties. Yet, experimental evidence suggests that a simple extrapolation of the design paradigms of conventional composites cannot be used to predict the be-havior of nanocomposites. The origin of these differences between conventional and nanocomposites is still unknown. This, unfortunately, precludes yet any rational design.Though some property improvements have been achieved in nanocomposites, nanoparticle dispersion is difficult to control, with both thermodynamic and kinetic processes playing significant roles. It has been demonstrated that dispersed spherical nanoparticles can yield a range of multi-functional behavior, including a viscosity decrease, reduction of thermal deg-radation, increased mechanical damping, enriched electrical and/or magnetic performance and control of thermomechanical properties. Especially the decrease in viscosity is advantageous for injection-molding op-erations. Facile tuning of nanocomposite Tg could thus allow us to control the usable temperature range of these materials. Again, the physics under-pinning this behavior remains unresolved, primarily due to the poor understanding of the effects that particle/matrix interactions have on the composite behavior. This project aims at overcoming these deficiencies by a twofold strategy. This project will bring together a critical mass of scientists, from atomistic to finite-element modeling. The goal is to develop, implement and validate multi-scale methods to compute the mechanical, thermochemical and flow behav-iour of nano-filled polymeric materials – based on the chemistry of selected model systems.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-SMALL-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

BASF SE
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 416 500
Administrative Contact
Horst Weiss (Dr.)

Participants (10)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 359 538
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christof-Matthias Neubrand (Dr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 294 000
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Doros Theodorou (Prof.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Herrmann (Ms.)
GRITCHE TECHNOLOGIES SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 149 812,44
Address
Rue Des Mathurins 37
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre-Paul Jobert (Mr.)
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 431 157
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gelinde Riese (Ms.)
CULGI BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 635 550
Address
Galileiweg 8
2333 BD Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johannes G.E.M. Fraaije (Prof.)
CENTRO RICERCHE PLAST-OPTICA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 233 096
Address
Via Jacopo Linussio 1
33020 Amaro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sabino Sinesi (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 261 475,56
Address
Avenue De L Europe 20
1700 Fribourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Bersier (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 135 970
Address
Piazzale Europa 1
34127 Trieste
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Fermeglia (Prof.)
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 264 050
Address
Robert-bosch-platz 1
70839 Gerlingen-schillerhoehe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Margit Runde (Ms.)