THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPING OF THE ADVANCED POLYMER MATERIALS

LABORATORY FOR NANOCOMPOSITES CHARACTERIZATION

- INFRANANOCOMP -

Contract no: 61/12.09.2007
Additional Act no: 3/2009

Project Financing: Budget - National Authority for Scientific Research
Programme: PNII - Type of project: Capacities
Project budget: 1 978 500 lei (Addional act 3/2009)
Project duration: 24 months
Contracting Authority: National Authority for Scientific Research - ANCS
Contractor: University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest
Project Director: Professor Horia Iovu


Objectives        Plan of activities        Staff        Equipments

Presentation symposium         Publications         Contact


1. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

          The general aim of the project is to develop the infrastructure of the Advanced Polymer Materials Laboratory for nanocomposites characterization. These advanced materials are now obtained in our lab being characterized using routine techniques: FTIR, GPC, TGA, DMA, DETA, DSC. For the advanced characterization of the polymer nanocomposites (morphology, surface structure, degradation products, interactions between the polymer matrix and the reinforcing agent-silicate layers or carbon nanotubes) complex equipments are required.

          The specific objectives of the project are :
          1. Study of the investment objectives and the analysis methods for the new equipments (X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Dispersive RAMAN spectrometer and Mass Spectrometer (MS)) and also to establish the experimental protocols on the new equipments;
          2. Enhancement of the functionality of the Advanced Polymer Materials Laboratory by refurbishment works and rearrangements within the actual laboratory rooms
          3. Development of the research capability for surface structure analysis by aquisition of XPS
          4. Development of reasearch capability for the nanocomposites structure based on carbon nanotubes by the aquisition of Dispersive Raman Spectrometer
          5. Development of the reasearch capability for characterization of the degradation products of the nanocomposites by aquisition of MS coupled with the existed TGA
          6. Dissemination of the whole information regarding the new methods developed on the new equipments (web page, interactive DVD, organisation of a symposium, etc.)
          7. Evaluation of the project results through the degree of infrastructure developing within the Advanced Polymer Materials Laboratory (audit).

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2. EQUIPMENTS

 

- surface chemical analysis of inorganic compounds, semiconductors, polymeric materials, catalysts, glass, ceramics, paint, paper, wood, ink, bones, teeth, medical implants, bio-materials, viscous oils, adhesives, ion exchange.

 
- mass spectrometer is coupled to a Q500 thermogravimetric analyzer (TA Instruments) and allows qualitative analysis of all gases released during thermogravimetric analysis
 

- to analyze the chemical structure of organic compounds and polymeric materials by identification of non-polar groups

 

- to analyze the chemical structure of organic compounds and polymeric materials by identification of non-polar groups

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3. EQUIPMENTS / METHODS PRESENTATION SYMPOSIUM

          Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science and Thermo Scientific organizes on April 3 rd, at 10 am, Calea Victoriei 149, Amfiteatru VA, a symposium entitled “Advanced methods of surface analysis techniques and elemental microanalysis”

          Specialists will participate from Thermo Scientific UK, Netherlands, Austria, specialists UPB Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, RAAN Nuclear Research Pitesti Subsidiary, Institute of Physical Chemistry "I. G. Murgulescu” Bucharest

          Invitation          Photo Gallery

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4. PUBLICATIONS

          Publications resulted using the new equipments:

N.M. Sulca, A. Lungu, G. Voicu, S.A. Garea, H. Iovu, Advanced characterization of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes used for nanocomposites synthesis, Materiale Plastice, 46 (2), 2009
C.M. Petrea, C. Andronescu, A.M. Pandele, S.A. Gârea, H. Iovu, Advanced Characterization of Modified Carbon Nanotubes Epoxy-based Composites, Materiale Plastice, 45 (4), 2008
N.M. Sulca, A. Lungu, R. Popescu, S.A. Garea, H. Iovu, New Polymeric Nanocomposites Based on Poliyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes, Materiale Plastice, 46 (1), 2009
N.M. Sulca, A. Lungu, S.A. Garea, H. Iovu, Monitoring the synthesis of new polymer nanocomposites based on different polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes using Raman spectroscopy, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, first online in Willey Interscience 2009, 40, 0
R. Stan, C. Ott, N. Sulca, A. Lungu, H. Iovu, Functionalized D-sorbitol-based organogelators for dental materials, Materiale Plastice, 46 (2), 2009
S.A. Gârea, F. Constantin, H. Iovu, The reactivity of new epoxy-based composites including epoxy-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane followed by Raman Spectroscopy, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, Under review
S.A. Gârea, F. Constantin, E. Vasile, H. Iovu, The influence of organic radicals of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane on the properties of epoxy-based hybrids, Polymer International, Under review
C.M. Petrea, C. Andronescu, A.M. Pandele, S.A. Garea, H. Iovu, Epoxy-based nanocomposites with amine modified Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes, e-polymers, Under review
C.Damian, A. Pandele, C. Andronescu, A. Ghebaur S.A. Garea, H.Iovu, Epoxy-based nanocomposites reinforced with new amino functionalized multi walled carbon nanotubes, Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructure, Under review

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CONTACT

          Project Director: prof.univ.dr.ing. Horia IOVU

Calea Victoriei, Nr. 149, 010072, Sector 1, Bucuresti

Tel : 021.402.39.22

e-mail: iovu@tsocm.pub.ro

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