• Groene Loper, Building 15, Gemini-zuid 4.139

    5612 AZ Eindhoven

    Netherlands

  • PO Box 513

    5600 MB Eindhoven

    Netherlands

Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The Polymer Technology group of Eindhoven University of Technology provides education on and conducts research in the broad area of Polymer Technology, i.e. the industrial arts of manufacturing of polymer-based products.

Highlighted phrase

"Bridge the gap from molecule via processing to product properties… and back"

Organisational profile

Design of polymer products and shaping processes benefit from a change from experimental trial-and-error to quantitative predictive capability. The main objective is to provide knowledge and models for the prediction and understanding of structure development during processing and the resulting final properties of polymeric products. These properties are determined by intrinsic (molecular) material parameters and, to a great extent, by the processing conditions. 

To bridge the gap from the underlying structure and kinetics of polymers to their respective applications via processing, we use advanced experimental, theoretical, and numerical methods. Central research themes include polymer mechanics and processing, rheology, lifetime assessment, friction and wear, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and multi-scale mechanics.  

Application areas

Polymers are vital for energy, environment, and health. They are mainly characterized by their low density, ease of processing and shaping, possibilities of functional integration, and an almost unlimited flexibility in molecular design. Moreover they are in most cases relatively cheap. These characteristics determine not only the societal needs for improved polymer systems in a multitude of application areas like protection, isolation, transportation, communication, illumination, packaging, shielding, housing, furniture, clothing etc., but also set the resulting scientific challenges.

Education and collaboration

The Polymer Technology staff is responsible for courses at the BSc, MSc and PhD level. Our contact with industry is ensured via part-time professor positions. 

Our group is an integral part of the Materials Technology Institute connecting materials and mechanics at TU/e for more than 25 years. We are also one of the leading participants in the research school Eindhoven Polymers Laboratory. Several members are also affiliated with the TU/e Institute of Complex and Molecular Science.

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    Profiles

    No photo of Hamid Ahmadi

    Hamid Ahmadi

    Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher

    Photo of Patrick D. Anderson

    Patrick D. Anderson

    Person: HGL : Professor

    19962020

    Research Output

    3D sugar printing of networks mimicking the vasculature

    Pollet, A. M. A. O., Homburg, E. F. G. A., Cardinaels, R. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Micromachines. 11, 1, 22 p., 43.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
    File
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    23 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • Behavior of viscoelastic models with thermal fluctuations

    Hütter, M., Carrozza, M. A., Hulsen, M. A. & Anderson, P. D., 25 May 2020, In : European Physical Journal E : Soft Matter. 43, 12 p., 24.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
    File
  • Equipment

    LFA Friction Meter

    Han Meijer (Manager)

    Polymer Technology

    Facility/equipment: Equipment

  • Mechanical testing

    L.E. Govaert (Manager)

    Polymer Technology

    Facility/equipment: Research lab

    Polymer processing lab

    L.E. Govaert (Manager)

    Polymer Technology

    Facility/equipment: Research lab

    Prizes

    2017 Walters Prize

    N.O. Jaensson (Recipient), Martien Hulsen (Recipient) & P.D. Anderson (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Best plenary lecture Dutch Polymer Days

    Lambert van Breemen (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Best Poster Award at 10th European Symposium on Polymer Blends

    R.M. Cardinaels (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Activities

    • 37 Contributed talk

    3rd International Conference on Ultraprecision in Manufacturing Engineering

    F.A.C.M. Habraken (Speaker)
    4 Nov 1994

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Fourth European Rheology Conference, 4-9 September 1994 Sevilla

    Gerrit Peters (Speaker)
    4 Nov 1994

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Delft

    G.M.A. Schreppers (Speaker)
    25 Oct 1994

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Press / Media

    3043.pdf

    L.E. Govaert

    29/06/16

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Romancing the thread: The story of Dyneema'

    H.E.H. Meijer

    14/03/16

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    TA Instruments People In the News

    Ruth M. Cardinaels

    1/11/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Research areas

    Applied Rheology and Process Modeling

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Chaotic Mixing and Multi-phase Flows

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Contact and Surface Mechanics

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Student theses

    Computational plasticity for very large strains: a Eulerian approach

    Author: Dautzenberg, L., 30 Jun 2013

    Supervisor: Peerlings, R. (Supervisor 1), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2), van Dommelen, J. (Supervisor 2) & Hulsen, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Contact mechanics of isotactic polypropylene

    Author: Looijmans, S., 2017

    Supervisor: Anderson, P. (Supervisor 1) & van Breemen, L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Craze initiation in glassy polymer systems

    Author: Bressers, O., 31 Jan 2002

    Supervisor: Meijer, H. (Supervisor 1), van Melick, H. (Supervisor 2), Govaert, L. (Supervisor 2) & den Toonder, J. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master