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New strategy to produce NIPU foams from reactive formulations

New strategy to produce NIPU foams from reactive formulations figure

Category: Ph. D.

Duration: 36 months

Team: Biopolymers and bio-sourced polymers

Salary: 3,800 € (+600 € of mobility allowance and 500 € of family allowance if applicable at the time of recruitment)

Funding: Horizon 2020, NIPU

Laboratory: LCPO

Contacts : Henri Cramail

Applicant profile

Solid background in organic and polymer synthesis. Ability for research management, dissemination, communication with colleagues and supervisors, strong teamwork spirit, creativity, problem solving and attention to safety. Research experience in the academic or industrial sector will be considered. Excellent command of written and spoken English is a must.

Not having resided in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date, and not having carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France during this period. Having a master degree or equivalent diploma, less than 4 years of research career at the recruitment date, and not having a doctoral degree.

Interested candidates should apply by using the following link: Application

Project summary

Objectives: to develop strategies to self-blowing NIPUs by the in-situ generation of CO2 as blowing agent from an organic precursor prepared by fixation of CO2 to suitable compounds. The reaction conditions & the formulations will be optimized to produce low density microcellular foams with ideally closed cell morphology for thermal insulating applications. Self-blowing NIPU foams will be investigated under solvent-free conditions in molds at ULiege. This process will then be adapted at UBx for reactive extrusion. We will then evaluate the mechanical properties of the foams, as well as their thermal insulating performances & their fire resistance and compare the properties of the foams produced by the two different techniques.

Website of the H2020 NIPU project: NIPU website