• Groene Loper, Building 15, Gemini-zuid 4.139

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


  • PO Box 513

    5600 MB Eindhoven


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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Polymers Chemical Compounds
Crystallization Chemical Compounds
Polypropylenes Chemical Compounds
Fluids Engineering & Materials Science
polymers Physics & Astronomy
polycarbonate Chemical Compounds
shear flow Physics & Astronomy
Rheology Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1966 2020

4 Downloads (Pure)

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
Velocity measurement
3 Downloads (Pure)

Compatibilization of polymer blends by Janus particles

Cardinaels, R., 2020, Compatibilization of Polymer Blends. A.R., A. & Thomas, S. (eds.). New York: Elsevier, p. 249-275

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Polymer blends
Phase separation

Design of new protocol for determination of crystallization kinetics

Emara, I., 2020, (In preparation) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Research output: ThesisPd Eng Thesis


LFA Friction Meter

Han Meijer (Manager)

Polymer Technology

Facility/equipment: Equipment

Friction meters

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


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

non-Newtonian fluid
fluid mechanics

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 1992 1994

  • 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


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

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

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