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The objective of LPAC is to establish the scientific base for the next generation of materials and processes in the fast-growing fields of polymers and composites. This involves novel approaches to tailoring material systems and process cycles, development of new materials with controlled rheology, solidification kinetics and surface characteristics, process simulation and costing, and quantitative durability analysis for optimal life cycle strategies.

LPAC develops advanced processes for thermoset and thermoplastic composites, based on a fundamental understanding of flow and interfacial mechanisms. Focus is also put on smart composites, bioinspired composites, UV-curable composites, nanostructured materials, multilayer films, functional surfaces and life cycle engineering.

LPAC is a new lab at the Institute of Materials and benefits from former LTC’s (Polymer and Composite Technology Lab) knowledge in developing new routes to cost-effective materials and manufacturing, incorporating unique additional functionality that goes well beyond classical performance criteria. Emphasis is placed on scaling up to an industrial context, particularly in the fields of aerospace, automotive, building, medical, electronics and sports.

News

LPAC researchers have developed a hydrogel – made up of nearly 90% water – that naturally adheres to soft tissue like cartilage and the meniscus. If the hydrogel carries repair cells, it could help damaged tissue to heal. More…

Inauguration LPAC
We celebrated the inauguration of the fully renovated LPAC on Friday, June 8, 2018 with our alumni friends!
LPAC pisture with family
Congratulations to Marascio Matteo who defended his PhD thesis ‘3D Printing and Supercritical Foaming of Hierarchical Cellular Materials ‘ on April 30th 2018!
The collaboration between POMOCA and LPAC has been highlighted in a video during Innovation forum for SME companies. Go to our multimedia section to see the video!
JEC Challenge
Congratulations to Alexandre Mordasini who won the JEC 2018 Composite Challenge! Alexandre is optimizing discontinuous fiber architectures in tubular structures for his PhD at LPAC.
PhD defense Amael
Congratulations to Amaël Cohades who defended his PhD thesis ‘Functional composites with damage control and repair’ directed by Véronique Michaud on January 19, 2018!
Self-healing
TU Delft and LPAC have been working together to design a self-healing composite with competitive mechanical properties that can be produced by conventional means! (Materials Today News, Nov. 28, 2017 http://goo.gl/i15pbW)