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.
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…