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An Industrial R&D Project - From Lab to Launch

Matthias Gerst Polymers for Adhesives, BASF SE

Jeudi 24 mai 2018 - 14h00 - Amphi à préciser


Finding new business opportunities is an ongoing challenge in industrial research. In the current seminar the product development of “UV curable hotmelt adhesives” will be presented from an industrial point of view.
The focus will be on the identification of un-met market needs and on the interplay of all necessary partners and important issues from the first idea to a successful product launch.

Polymer Physics In Additive Manufacturing

Peter Olmsted Department of Physics, Georgetown University

Jeudi 7 Juin 2018 - 14h00 - Amphi Urbain


Numerous methods of Additive Manufacturing make use of polymeric materials ; examples include fused filament fabrication (FFF), selective laser sintering/melting, and bioprinting of hydrogels. These processes and their materials present many opportunities for obtaining a deeper understanding and insight into process and material design through the polymer physics of the processes. I will focus primarily on some of the challenges of FFF, and address whether and how we can understand why parts printed with this common process are often mechanically very weak, and what can potentially be done to enhance these processes. In FFF flows, relaxation, and solidification of entangled polymers under rapid cooling and heating conditions intertwine to yield the final printed parts. I will also touch on some interesting physics issues that arise in other polymer-based AM fabrication methods.

Merging Human and Machine with Soft-Matter Technology

Xuanhe Zhao Soft Active Materials Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vendredi 8 juin 2018 - 14 h 00 - Amphi Urbain


While human tissues are mostly soft, wet and bioactive ; machines are commonly hard, dry and biologically inert. Bridging human-machine interfaces is of imminent importance in addressing grand societal challenges in healthcare, security, sustainability and joy of living. However, interfacing human and machines is extremely challenging due to their fundamentally contradictory properties. At MIT SAMs Lab, we exploit soft-matter technology to bridge human-machine interfaces. On one side, soft matters such as bioactive hydrogels with similar mechanical and physiological properties as tissues can naturally integrate with human body, playing functions such as scaffolds, catheters, stents and implants. On the other side, the soft matters embedded with electronic and mechanical components can control and respond to external machines. In this talk, I will first discuss the mechanics to design extreme properties for soft matters, including tough, resilient, adhesive, strong and antifatigue, which are necessary for reliable robust human-machine interfaces. Then I will discuss a new multi-material 3D printing platform to fabricate personalized and customized microstructures devices of soft matters. Based on the soft-matter design and fabrication technologies, we create a set of soft-matter devices such as i). long-term high-efficacy hydrogel neural probe, ii). ingestible and GI-resident hydrogel machine, and iii). untethered fast and forceful hydrogel robots controlled by magnetic fields. I will conclude the talk by proposing a systematic approach to design next-generation human-machine interfaces based on soft-matter technology.

Stressed Soft Matter : Yielding, hardening and softening soft solids

Emanuela Del Gado Department of Physics, Georgetown University

Jeudi 17 mai 2018

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Hysteresis and Fracture in Soft Materials

Rong Long Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Mardi 15 mai 2018

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Illuminating complex dynamics in soft matter with Laser Speckle Imaging

Joris Sprakel SprakelLab - Department of Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter, Wageningen University

Jeudi 3 mai 2018

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