Delft University of Technology (TUD)
 
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science - Prof. dr. ir. E. van der Giessen
Polymer Materials and Engineering - Prof. dr. ir. J. van Turnhout
Radiation Chemistry - dr. J.M. Warman
Section Theory of Complex Fluids - Prof. dr. T.J. Odijk

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Prof. dr. ir J.J. Elmendorp
Prof. dr. ir. L.J. Ernst
Prof. dr S.J. Picken
Prof. ir. J.L. Spoormaker


Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science - Prof. dr. ir. E. van der Giessen

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: Prof.dr.ir. E. van der Giessen
: Delft University of Technology
: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
: Mekelweg 2
: 2628 CD Delft
: 015-2876500
: 015-2785733
: 015-2782150
: E.vanderGiessen@wbmt.tudelft.nl
: http://www-tm.wbmt.tudelft.nl/~wbtmeyg/

Name Function Usability (fte)
Prof.dr.ir. E. van der Giessen
postdoc's
Ph.D. students
Professor
0.2
1.0
2.0
Total 3.2

Programme design in brief

Innovative design of high-performance mechanical components should make optimum use of the wealth of specially designed materials that are (becoming) available on the market. Modern materials derive their, sometimes fabulous, mechanical properties from their specific internal structure (microstructure). The essential link between materials science/engineering and mechanical engineering therefore relies on the quantitative relationship between the microstructure of a material and its mechanical properties. The development of such structure-property relationships is a multidisciplinary activity, with a strong bearing on solid mechanics concepts and methodologies as well as on characterisation techniques used in materials science. Micromechanics provides a powerful tool to determine such structure-property relationships and has gained much popularity during the last decade.

The entire research programme of this group does not focus on a specific material, but attempts to address the whole materials triangle, comprising metals, polymers and ceramics, as well as their composites. The coherence between the various subjects relies on the methodology. The contribution to this graduate school is in the area of deformation and fracture of polymer materials.


Polymer Materials and Engineering - Van Turnhout

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: Prof.dr.ir. J. van Turnhout
: Delft University of Technology
: Polymer Materials and Engineering
: Julianalaan 136
: 2628 BL Delft
: 015-2785090
: 015-2781828
: 015-2787415
: J.vanTurnhout@tnw.tudelft.nl
: http://www.tm.tudelft.nl/secties/pmpe

Name Function Usability (fte)
Prof.dr.ir. J. van Turnhout
Dr. M. Wübbenhorst
Professor
Lecturer
0.2
1.0
Total 1.2

Programme design in brief

Electrical Properties

This part of the research programme focusses on the use of electric fields to investigate polymers and as a means to induce structural changes. Dielectric spectroscopy is explored for studying network formation, the properties of liquid crystalline main- and sidechain polymers, and the microstructure and properties of polymer blends. Dielectric spectros-copy is further applied for characterizing the durability of coatings. Structural changes induced in polymers by an electric field are studied by measuring the electromechanical response of liquid crystalline elastomeric net-works. Heat wave techniques have been develo-ped which allow measure-ments on the thermal properties of polymer films and coatings during crosslinking or polyme-rization. The properties of polymeric nanostructures incorporated in zeolite crystals are analysed as well. Finally, hybrid structures consisting of a (porous) polymer film filled with an electro-active inorganic powder are synthesized and examined.


Radiation Chemistry - dr. J.M. Warman

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: Dr. J.M. Warman
: Delft University of Technology
: Interfaculty Reactor Institute
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: 2629 JB Delft
: 015-2786115
: 015-2783137
: 015-2787421
: j.m.warman@iri.tudelft.nl
: http://www.iri.tudelft.nl/~scwww/

Name Function Usability (fte)
Dr. J.M. Warman
Dr. L.D.A. Siebbeles
Dr. M.P. de Haas
OBP (technical supporting personnel)
Postdoc's
AIO's/OIO's (Ph.D.students)
Senior Lecturer
Lecturer
Senior Lecturer
0.5
0.5
0.5
3.0
3.0
6.0
Total 13.5

Programme design in brief

Our research aims to provide insight into the factors that govern the dynamics of charge carriers and excitons in polymeric and discotic (liquid) crystalline materials. Charge carriers and excitons are produced by pulsed (UV-visible) photoexcitation or pulsed irradiation with 3 MeV electrons. These transient species are detected by time-resolved measurements of the real and imaginary conductivity, optical absorption and fluorescence. In this way insight is obtained into the mobility and decay (by recombination and/or trapping) of charge carriers as well as into the polarisabilty and lifetime of excitons. The studies involve bulk samples, thin films and isolated chains in dilute solution. The experiments are supported by theoretical studies based on incoherent hopping models and (ab initio) quantum mechanical calculations.


Section Theory of Complex Fluids - Prof. dr. T.J. Odijk

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: Prof.dr. T.J. Odijk
: University of Leiden
: Section Theory of Complex Fluids, Faculty of Applied Sciences
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: 071-5274243
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Programme design in brief

Electrical Properties

Theory of complex fluids: we develop theories of complex fluids via statistical mechanical methods. Our focus is on a conceptual understanding of the systems in physical terms.
a) biofluids: DNA (linear and supercoiled), F-actin, microtubules, globular proteins. The structure and dynamics of bacterial and animal cells and viuses.
b) Other fluids. Turbulence (E.G. Drag reduction), fibres (structure and dynamic).