The KU Leuven Department of Materials Engineering (MTM) is GHRANTE’s Coordinator. MTM is embedded in the Faculty of Engineering and forms the core of the KU Leuven Materials Research Centre, a collaborative research centre with a yearly research expenditure of about 24 M€ and over 500 Materials researchers. The research line on Sustainable Resources for Engineered Materials (SREMat) is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Yiannis Pontikes. It involves 3 post-docs, 17 PhD candidates, 2 project managers, 1 researcher, and has a strong track-record in valorisation of industrial residues in inorganic polymer applications and cementitious binders.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. The research group Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC) is part of the Faculty of Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). FYSC is currently chaired by professor H. Rahier and hosts: 3 full-time professors ZAP (teaching staff), 1 10% professor, 2 senior researchers and 15 junior researchers. Together, they have a strong commitment to achieve excellence in education, research and research valorisation. The research activities of FYSC are focused on ‘(molecular and supra-molecular) structure – processing – property’ relations in polymers for developing materials with improved performance. Organic, inorganic as well as hybrid polymer systems are considered. The main focus is on advanced thermal analysis for materials’ characterization, especially in the field of Modulated Temperature DSC (MTDSC), micro (nano)- calorimetry, spatially localised thermal analysis (Nano-TA), (ultra)fast thermal analysis (Rapid-scanning DSC and Chip Calorimetry) and hyphenated techniques (Rheo-DSC).
The Belgian Road Research Centre is a privately initiated public utility research center created, at the request of the Belgian road contractors, in 1952 to promote and coordinate technological progress in road construction through scientific research and exchange of knowledge. Research and Assistance Unit (RAU) SMN (Surface Characteristics-Markings-Noise) comprises 2 research scientists and a technician. The RAU SMN has been working on surface characteristics (noise, skid resistance and rolling resistance). Research and Assistance Unit CEM (Concrete Roads and Pavings) consists of 2 research scientists and 4 technicians. Its main field of work comprises applied research & development and technology transfer in the domain of durable and sustainable concrete pavements and small element pavings.
During the past twelve years, FLAMAC has built up an internationally renowned reputation in the field of high-throughput experimentation in materials research. The center has been invited on several international conferences on high-throughput experimentation, and has developed strong partnerships with a number of chemical and material companies www.flamac.be/about/our-references/ FLAMAC has also submitted a number of patent applications regarding some of its high-throughput technologies. A substantial amount of expertise is guarded as know-how in various application fields and cross-fertilizing the use of high-throughput methodologies in a variety of research domains.