Tissue engineering, orthopedics and implants
Performance, lightweight and multifunctional
Lightweight, energy / thermal management and bio
Biotechnology, smart textiles and advanced fabrics
High performance, extreme conditions and construction
Energy production, environment and detection
ADVANCED CHARACTERIZATION AND DESIGN OF MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
MULTISCALE TESTING OF MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES
Analysis of faults and failure mechanisms, experimental testing of structures, multiscale analysis of mechanical properties of materials and coatings, static/dynamic tests at high temperatures.
CHEMICAL AND FUNCTIONAL CHARACTERIZATION
Advanced characterization of polymers, metals, ceramics and composites. Nanoscale analysis of surfaces and reactivity, corrosion and fire resistance studies, toxicology, microbiology, biofilms and biodegradation. In vitro and in vivo studies of implants.
SIMULATION AND MODELLING
Processing simulation and time optimization, product design and prototyping, simulation of structures and construction processes finite element analysis, computational plasticity and nanomechanics.
DEVELOPMENT OF MATERIALS
Light alloys and material matrix composites: powder metallurgy, casting, forging, forming, extrusion and lamination, polymers injection, extrusion, mixing, foaming, additives and recycling metal-polymer hybrids and advanced joining techniques, functional coatings, textiles and composites materials.
MATERIALS PROTECTION AND SURFACES
Coatings for corrosion, wear and thermal protection, thermal/acoustic insulation, fire-retardant polymers, plasma modification for biocompatible/antibacterial surfaces.
3D printing, stereolithography, selective laser sintering, deposition of micro and nanometric layers, nanostructured materials and nanoparticles. Advanced monitoring processes and quality control (spectral technologies, artificial vision).
- The research group Plastics and Ecological Composites (e-PLASCOM) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC), and the Catalan Plastics Center (CCP), work in a project that aims to design ad hoc natural rubber-based composites, with specific compositions and geometries, to be optimally integrated into both EC and BC technologies at prototype level.
- The research group Eco-friendly Plastics and Composites (e-PLASCOM) at the Universitat Politècnica Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) is participating in the European Advanced Engineering and Research of aeroGels for Environment and Life Sciences (AERoGELS) project. This project is designed to bring together the knowledge of academic, industrial and regulatory experts on the research and technology of aerogels at European scale.
- Researchers in the Polymer Materials and Textile Chemistry (POLQUITEX) research group of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) participate in the WAVE project, who aim is to recycle elastomeric waste (such as tyres and scraps from building roofs), for its subsequent reuse and recovery in various industrial sectors (automobile, civil, electrical).
- The research group Polyfunctional Polymeric Materials (POLY2) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) will work on the project CELICOIDS - Nanohelicoid metamaterials templated by cellulose nanocrystals with end-tethered polymers. As part of this project, it will develop new metamaterials −materials designed to have a property that is not found in nature – that can increase the spectroscopic sensitivity to distinguish molecular chirality.