• Groene Loper, Building 23, Cascade

    5612 AZ Eindhoven

    Netherlands

  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Applied Physics

    5600 MB Eindhoven

    Netherlands

Organization profile

Introduction / mission

It is our goal to understand the physics of transport and phase changes in complex permeable media, so we can better engineer materials for a sustainable society, i.e., materials for energy storage and technological porous materials.

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We focus on the basic, fundamental questions that need to be answered to achieve a breakthrough

Organisational profile


What is the value of research if not to make things better? At the Transport in Permeable Media (TPM) group, it is in our DNA to take inspiration for our activities from societal issues and applications. From this starting point, we focus on the basic, fundamental physics questions that need to be answered to achieve a breakthrough in application. For instance, energy storage can be achieved with crystalline materials that incorporate water into their crystal lattice. More sustainable permeable materials, as used for example in the steel and construction industry, can be made through a better understanding of aggressive phase changes such as boiling and crystallization in submicron pores. This is what we call basic use-inspired research.

Following from our focus on basic use-inspired research, the group fosters long-term cooperation with TNO, DSM, Océ, Caldic, NXP and Philips.

Within TPM, we pursue two research lines: the physical chemistry of materials for thermal energy storage and transport and phase changes in technical porous media. Both of these research lines are based on studying the motion of molecules through porous materials and the interaction of these molecules with the solid matrix, a process that can lead to phase changes. For instance, we are investigating hydration reactions of crystalline solids that are accompanied by an energy discharge. Another research focus is the way phase changes, such as boiling and crystallization, can exert pressure on the porous matrix that hosts them and may give rise to failure.

Because permeable media are mostly not transparent, the use of optical experimental tools for studying transport and phase changes in these media has its limits. TPM is one of the few groups in the world able to apply advanced imaging techniques like NMR imaging and CT to extreme challenging topics in the field of materials science. A nice example is our research on fierce boiling in porous media under extreme heating conditions (mimicking fire). Visualization and quantification of these processes by our experiments opens the door towards reliable modeling. For that reason, TPM owns and manages the Darcy Lab, which hosts a collection of unique NMR and CT facilities for porous media.

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    Research Output

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Effect of non-condensable gasses on the performance of a vacuum thermochemical reactor

    Donkers, P., Gao, K., Houben, J., Huinink, H., Erich, B. & Adan, O., 1 Jan 2020, In : Energies. 13, 2, 24 p., 362.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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    Moisture-induced bending of an oak board exposed to bilateral humidity fluctuations

    Arends, T., Ruijten, P. & Pel, L., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Building Engineering. 27, 11 p., 100957.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 4 Editorial activity

    Heron (Journal)

    Bart Erich (Editorial board member)
    2008

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Heron (Journal)

    Bert Snijder (Editorial board member)
    2008

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Heron (Journal)

    Bert Snijder (Editorial board member)
    2007

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Student theses

    Experimental and simulation study of the warping of one-sided coated oak during fast RH changes

    Author: Boot, W. J., 2019

    Supervisor: Arends, T. (Supervisor 1) & Pel, L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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    K2CO3 as heat storage material: multicyclic reaction kinetics and morphology changes

    Author: Mackaij, M. B., 2017

    Supervisor: Erich, S. (. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Kinetic investigation of K2CO3 as heat storage material

    Author: Biemans, D., 2017

    Supervisor: Huinink, H. P. (Supervisor 1) & Sögütoglu, L. C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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