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Polymer Chemistry Research Group


09/04/2020 Our group is enthusiastic partner of a European ITN network on vitrimers with strong industrial participation. Vitrimers are picked up everywhere nowadays.
11/03/2020 Phd defense of Stef Vandewalle: Macromolecular functionalization and coupling: from permanent to dynamic linking
11/03/2020 Lecture: Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly, aka PISA, Prof. Guillaume Delaittre, University of Applied Sciences, Aachen, Germany
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The key objectives of the "Polymer Chemistry Research Group” (PCR)
within the Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry in the
Faculty of Sciences of Ghent University
and part of the UGent Expertise Centre of Macromolecular Chemistry (CMaC) can be described under the general heading "design, characterization and application of tailor-made, functional polymer structures and polymeric-derived materials".

Three types of research themes can be distinguished:

With our highly interdisciplinary approach, we are targeting novel, often industrially applicable polymer materials, for use in such areas as self-healing polymers, sustainable coatings, vitrimers, informatics, polymeric
dispersants, packaging, particle design, recycling and reshaping
by a combination of fine control over the polymer chemistry and an in-depth characterization of the materials generated, in conjunction with numerous academic and corporate partners. Since 2020, our group participates to VITRIMAT, a European consortium workin on vitrimer materials.

A Business Developer, operating in the fields of our research, is strongly involved in the development of early-stage technologies and the set-up of long-standing interactions with corporate partners.

By its research activities and equipment facilities, the PCR-group has the intention to provide students and researchers with a broad scope of the design and understanding of the properties of polymeric materials.

We hope to welcome you one day to the
beautiful city of Ghent,
home of the spirit of Leo Baekeland.