** This event took place already. A picture report can be found here. **
This year, the annual 4TU.HTM symposium Dutch Materials will be held in Utrecht (Jaarbeurs, Beatrix building) on Friday 13 October 2017.
Dutch Materials 2017
The themes of this year's symposium are:
Materials for Energy & Composite Materials
- Prof.dr.ir. Leon Govaert (TU/e and UTwente)
'Matrix-dominated failure in thermoplastic composites'
Leon E. Govaert is professor Polymer Mechanics at Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Twente. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the TU/e and received his PhD degree in 1990. Next he joined the Polymer Technology group of prof. Han Meijer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology.
His main fields of experience and expertise are: i.) Structure-property relationships in solid polymer systems. ii.) Interrelations between macroscopic mechanical properties and the molecular and micro-structural characteristics of the material. iii.) Application and development of experimental techniques for mechanical characterisation of polymers. iv.) Constitutive modelling of solid polymers, with an emphasis on time- and rate-dependent behaviour.
- Prof.dr.ir. Remko Akkerman (UTwente)
'Flying bits and their fundaments - Basic research on composite materials and processing'
Remko Akkerman is professor Production Technology at the University of Twente. His research focuses on Automated Composites Manufacturing and Performance of Advanced Materials. Besides, he is Technical Director at TPRC.
- Ir. Iuri Rocha (TU Delft / WMC)
'Experimental and numerical investigation of hygrothermal aging in wind turbine blade composites'
Iuri Rocha works in the field of numerical modelling of laminate composite materials since 2007. He received his BSc and MSc degrees from the Federal University of Ceará (Brazil) and since 2014 has been pursuing a PhD degree with a project entitled Micromechanics Based Modelling and Condition Monitoring of Rotor Blade Composites, a collaboration between the Knowledge Centre WMC, TU Delft (under supervision of prof. Bert Sluys) and multiple industrial partners. His main research focus lies in the combined experimental and numerical characterization of composite materials for wind turbine blades considering the combined action of mechanical loads and material degradation due to exposure to extreme environments.
- Dr. Francisco Sacchetti (UTwente / TPRC)
'Manufacturing rate vs performance: How fast can we go?'
In 2009 Francisco Sacchetti obtained his Materials Engineering degree at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina. From 2010 to 2012 worked as a research fellow at Politecnico di Milano where he studied the environmental stress cracking of HIPS and PE. From 2012 to 2013 he worked at Blue MGMT limited as materials engineer, where he performed feasibility studies of large composite pressure vessels for the transportation of natural gas.
In June 2013 until August 2017 he joined the University of Twente and the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC), where he performed his PhD research on the interlaminar toughness of fusion bonded thermoplastic composites. At present, he conducts research on induction welding of thermoplastic composites at TPRC.
Materials for Energy
- Prof.dr. Wim Sinke (ECN Solar Energy / UvA / AMOLF)
'Materials challenges for terawatt-scale photovoltaics'
Wim Sinke (1955) is Manager Program Development at ECN Solar Energy in Petten, The Netherlands, part-time professor Photovoltaic Energy Conversion at the University of Amsterdam and board member of the TKI Urban Energy (the Netherlands public-private partnership for energy innovation in the urban environment, including solar energy). He is also visiting scientist at research institute AMOLF in Amsterdam and co-chairman of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV).
- Dr. Andrea Baldi (DIFFER)
'Nanomaterials for energy applications: a single particle approach'
Andrea Baldi received his Master in Chemistry from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and his PhD in Physics from the VU University Amsterdam. During his PhD he studied the properties of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage and smart windows applications. In 2011 he won the FOM Young Energy Scientist (YES!) Fellowship that funded his tenure as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University, where he developed imaging and spectroscopic techniques to study energy storage and conversion in individual nanostructures. Since 2015 he is a tenure-track group leader at the Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER) in Eindhoven, where he leads his research group on Nanomaterials for Energy Applications. In 2017 he received a NWO Vidi grant to study fundamental aspects of light-enhanced catalysis on plasmonic nanomaterials.
- Dr.ir. Behnam Taebi (TU Delft)
'Good Governance of Climate and Energy Risks'
Behnam Taebi is associate professor in ethics of technology at TU Delft, and associate with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research interests are in energy ethics, nuclear ethics, responsible innovation and engineering ethics. He studied Material Science and Engineering (2006) and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Technology (2010). His research interests are in energy ethics, nuclear ethics, responsible innovation and engineering ethics.
- Fahimeh Nafezarefi M.Sc. (TU Delft)
'Photochromism in rare earth metal-oxy-hydrides'
Fahimeh Nafezarefi is a PhD student at TU Delft working on photochromic properties of rare earth metal-oxy-hydrides, promising materials for application in smart windows, under the supervision of Prof.dr. Bernard Dam. Before she joined the MECS group at TU Delft, she worked at EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) first as an intern student followed by working as a research associate. She worked on carbon nanotube composites and dye synthesised solar cells. She completed her master degree in Advance Materials Science at Technical university of Munich. Her master thesis involved preparation and characterization of vanadium dioxide thin films.
- Yilei Tian M.Sc. (TU Delft)
‘BaSi2: An earth-abundant absorber material for thin-film solar cell applications’
Yilei Tian is a PhD student at TU Delft. He completed his bachelor studies at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. In 2016, he gained the master degree at Zhejiang University with the research topic on interface engineering of vertical graphene channels for supercapacitor energy storage. After that, he joined the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices group at TU Delft as a PhD student. Currently, his research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of BaSi2 towards thin-film solar cell applications.
More information will follow soon.