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PTG/e is sponsoring Brightlands Polymer Days 2021

Brightlands Polymer Days 2021 is a scientific conference in the field of polymer science and technology. It is organised by the Belgian Polymer Group, KNCV Macromolecular Division, PTN, the former Dutch Polymer Days and Brightlands Rolduc Polymer Conference. These partners have joined forces to start a new scientific conference where academia, from student to Nobel Prize winner, and industry can meet.

More information about this conference can be found on https://polymerdays.brightlands.com/about-the-conference/

Remeltable concrete, an industrial revolution!

PTG/e cooperated with Shell in the development of sulfur concrete which is now commercialized by the Belgian concrete manufacturer De Bonte for the production of ‘green’ railway sleepers.
Further details on this 100% circular concrete can be found on the website of De Bonte.

A look at the daily work of a Research fellow at PTG/e?

Fontys University of Applied Sciences has asked some alumni what their job looks like after graduation. Thijs Jansman gives a good impression of his activities and the infrastructure at PTG/e.

(movie in Dutch only)

Making green hydrogen more cost-effective

PTG/e takes its role in enabling the energy transition from fossil to renewable energy. One of the promising energy carriers for this energy transition is hydrogen, produced by wind or solar power, the so called green hydrogen. One of the current barriers to success are the costs of the electrolyzers needed for the hydrogen production.

Together with our partners in the Ampere consortium funded by TKI Nieuw Gas, we aim at making green hydrogen more cost-effective. To this end, PTG/e contributes to the development of new, fluorine-free proton-exchange membranes (PEM) which are used in the electrolyzers. The primary goal is to lower costs, but an additional benefit of this chemistry is the absence of organofluorine compounds in PEM-electrolyzers, which would also reduce the ecological footprint of water electrolysis.

To give you a short impression of the project, see the movie (unfortunately only in Dutch), where our teamleader Chemistry, Timo Sciarone explains the role of PTG/e.

PTG/e’s top 10 most artistic analysis images

On a daily basis we are looking at materials using microscopes and cameras, discovering extraordinarily beautiful patterns and structures.

Check out our employee top 10 of the most artistic analysis images that we encountered during our research:

# 10 – Polyethylene that grew on silica particles.

# 9 – Droplet of Microdrop printer.

# 8 – Sem EDX mapping.

# 7 – Water droplet on hydrophobic surface.

# 6 – POM image of a liquid crystal that is just about to transition from the isotropic phase nematic phase.

# 5 – Microscopic image of a liquid crystal on a structured wafer.

# 4 – 75 nm lamellar on cross section of a catalyst prepared by focused ion beam.

# 3 – Raman microscopic image of a degraded microplastic on a glass substrate at 50x magnification.

# 2 – POM image of a liquid crystal that has become almost completely isotropic.

# 1 – Optical microscopy – wax crystals.

If you are interested in our analyses and techniques please feel free to contact us!

New member of the Board of Directors PTG/e

We are very proud and honored to announce that from 01 March 2020 Prof.dr.ir. Jaap Schouten has been appointed as member of the Board of Directors (RvC) of PTG/e BV and he will join the two other members of the Board of Directors (RvC); mrs.drs. Sonja Vos RA and Em.prof.dr.ir. Han Meijer.

Jaap Schouten was till 01 March 2020 member of the Executive Board of the Dutch National Science Foundation NWO and more over Jaap Schouten is winner of the Simon Stevin award and obtained the ERC Advance Grant, ERC Proof of Concept and is member of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences (KHMW).

Last but not least Jaap Schouten boosted & initiated several spinoff companies during his academic career @ Eindhoven University of Technology.