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SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY

Materials are at the basis of all imaginable technological products in our society. We need to rethink our strategies for material selection and design. The design of a material has an impact on its full lifetime: from resources and production technique, transformation of material into device, functioning in the device, over recycling or second use and end of life. There is a strong economic drive for a fast ‘road to market’ for renewable materials. The challenges imposed to materials by the societal changes are huge. Think of some examples: e-mobility requiring light vehicles and more efficient batteries, global warming requiring alternatives for classical cement and alternative base materials, e.g. bio-based.

The research consortium Sustainable Materials Technology (SuMaT) wants to contribute to the ambition of the European Green Deal. It aims to transform the EU into a resource-efficient and competitive economy where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. Designing sustainable materials to replace traditional primary materials is a necessity to realize this ambition.

SuMaT consists of 3 VUB research groups Electrochemical and Surface Engineering (SURF), Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC) and General Chemistry (ALGC).

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CONTACT

Electrochemical & Surface Engineering
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2 | Building G | 5th floor
1050 Brussels
Belgium

Head of Department
Prof. Annick Hubin
[E] annick.hubin@vub.be
[T] +32 2 629 32 55

Business Developer
Anneke Hunninck
[E] anneke.hunninck@vub.be
[M] +32 (0)473 26 27 50