Our Advanced Materials & Structures (AMS) department is in charge of developing research, development and innovation activities in the field of materials science, and it does so by focusing on two areas:
- The conception and design of advanced, multi-functional materials based on polymer composites
- The applied modelling and numerical simulation of materials, structures and industrial processes
Envisioning the materials of tomorrow
We focus our research activities on the areas of conception and design of advanced, multi-functional materials based on polymer composites and applied modelling and numerical simulation of materials, structures and industrial processes.
We adopt a fully integrated and transversal approach, which focuses on the entire lifecycle of materials. The convergence of varying disciplines and the combination of different, complementary techniques forms the cornerstone of our approach and allows us to address specific industrial applications.
We are active in developing innovative materials and improving the performance of materials, notably polymer-based composites. Functionalised, nanostructured polymer materials form the basis for the development of new products and systems, which, in the near future, will combine the various functions required for advanced applications.
Research into the methods for nanostructuring a wide range of materials is increasing in importance and, with the strong growth of the nanotechnologies market, the capacity for transferring these methods from the laboratory to industrial applications is crucial. AMS is focusing on several of these processes, which allow the fundamental results to be applied to the large-scale production of these particle and polymer structures. The challenge lies in the precise management of the architecture, the functionality and the nanostructure of polymer-based materials, beginning with their design, followed by their synthesis and finally acquiring an understanding of the correlations between chemical structure, architecture and macroscopic characteristics.
Advanced Materials & Structures (AMS)
The department has nearly 100 experts divided into two research units and is focused on the development of advanced, multi-functional materials based on polymer composites, including the following scientific disciplines:
- The synthesis of polymers and new macro-molecular architectures
- The production of innovative composites with controlled architecture, by combining polymer matrices and through the calculation of (nano, micro) charges in the form of solid polymer composites or thin layers
- The characterisation of the physico-chemical properties of materials
- The validation of performance through accredited tests (ISO/CEI 17025 certification)
- The applied modelling and numerical simulation of materials, structures and industrial processes.
The activities that we carry out alongside our many industrial and academic partners are based around major research topics: innovative polymer-based materials, composite materials as well as modelling and numerical simulation.
We invest for the future
We invest in the development of new skills in three research areas that CRP Henri Tudor considers critically important, through three investment programmes where we will:
- Develop specific new materials for various applications and appropriate manufacturing processes for these functional materials on a larger scale.
- Develop generic skills and methodologies for improved modelling and simulation and for a better understanding of the phenomena governing these materials
- Develop our competencies regarding these methodologies and mathematical simulation tools in order that these can be applied in fields as diverse as the environment, healthcare or even aeronautics, and to promote them within the industry.