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With the opening of the new office and lab facility on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus on Monday, February 1st, the second phase of Brightlands Materials Center starts. Part of this second phase is the relocation of the first group of TNO researchers from Eindhoven to Geleen and the appointment of mr. Peter Wolfs from TNO as co-director of the research center.
The opening of Building 40 on the innovation campus was made official by the Limburg provincial executive Twan Beurskens and TNO Chief Technology Officer Jos Keurentjes. Together the province and TNO provide a significant portion of the funding for this research on new polymeric materials and their applications. In addition, 15 partners from the research and industry communities, including DSM and Sabic, are actively involved. The joint partners are investing 45 million Euro in applied research by Brightlands Materials Center.
Since its launch on March 19th, 2015, the research center developed plans for the first Shared Research Programs that have started now. The center now employs 23 people, including PhDs from TU/e and Maastricht University, other scientists and Business Developers from Brightlands Chemelot Campus, TNO and DPI Value Center. The number is expected to will grow to about forty people by the end of 2016.
In the new lab facility Brightlands Materials Center will develop nano-coatings and experiment with new materials for 3D printing. The Shared Research Programs of Brightlands Materials Center focus on composite materials for the (light weight) automotive industry, new materials for 3D printing and on improving the properties of polymers for optical and electronic applications. All three programs aim to enhance a sustainable and healthy world within their field of application, such as lighter parts for cars, 'smart' glazing in homes and personalized prostheses that permanently improve the quality of someone's life.
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