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The part-time chair focuses on innovative and intensified processing techniques that can be applied to modify, functionalize and process (energetic) materials. My specific research topics comprise the development of encapsulated materials and alternative, ‘green’ and environmentally benign compounds replacing currently used toxic ingredients; sustainable synthesis routes avoiding the use of toxic or hazardous precursors; rheological behaviour of high solid load compositions during additive manufacturing; improvement of current processing techniques using innovative methods as well as process intensification concepts e.g. using external (electric, electromagnetic, acoustic) fields. These topics provide the fundamental input to several of the research topics within the Dept. Energetic Materials, like 3D-printing of (energetic) compositions, crystallization of insensitive energetic materials and environmentally benign synthesis routes.
In order to modify and functionalize energetic materials, process intensification (using alternative energy forms) and encapsulation, I use techniques in crystallization. These techniques have been investigated and applied to prepare (submicron) particles with the aim to render these particles less sensitive (PhD research Dr Norbert Radacsi and Dr Marloes Reus).
The rheological behaviour of high solid load compositions during additive manufacturing is studied by means of numerical modelling; experimental studies will be performed to provide realistic data in support of and to verify the numerical modelling (PhD research Ir Wouter Peerbooms). The mechanical properties of 3D-printed materials are studied both theoretically and experimentally to understand the mechanical behaviour of 3D-printed compositions under high dynamic loads (PhD research Ir Bram Lasschuit).
Laser-induced nucleation is studied to elucidate the physical mechanism and to apply it in industrial crystallization processes (PhD research Ir Vikram Korede and Ir Nagaraj Niagara).