Leuven.Inc seminar: 'The impact and safety of nanofillers in polymers'

This seminar is an organization of Leuven.Inc and part of the project 'Progress in Plastics' of VUB CROSSTALKS

Plastics have become the key drivers of innovation. Whether it is plastics from petrochemicals, biobased plastic or biodegradable plastics, the application areas are boosting: the automotive field, rail, transport, defense and aerospace, medication and healthcare, electronics, telecommunication, building and infrastructure, furniture and tools, etc. And then home based 3D printing has not even started yet! Plastics enhance the quality, comfort and safety of modern lifestyles for people of all income groups. Yet, their impact on the environment and on human health is an important issue.

In a well defined series of directed workshops and from different disciplinary perspectives – industry, topnotch research, policy making, design and art – the project 'Progress in Plastics' wants to zoom in on production and recycling issues, and consider regional and global regulations and best practices with regard to environmental and health safety.
This workshop focuses on ‘the impact and safety of nanofillers in polymers.

Nano fillers and nano additives have a high significance in the plastics industry. This rapidly expanding field is generating many new materials with novel properties for a wide range of applications. This workshop gives a state-of-the-art of nanocomposites.
What are the advantages and challenges for the plastics industry and for future research? What is their effect on recycling?

Practical aspects

Date: Monday 7 October 2013
Location: Innovatie- en Incubatiecentrum, Kapeldreef 60, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)


13h30: Registration and welcome coffee
13h50: Welcome by Leuven.Inc and chairman of the session, Karel Van Acker, Chairman Plan-C, Prof. KU Leuven
14h00: Bio nano composites: state of the art – challenges & innovation
eter Van Puyvelde, Prof. ir. KU Leuven, Department of Chemical Engineering 
14h30: Fire-resisting applications in fabrics 
Hubert Rahier, Prof. ir. VUB, Faculty of Engineering: Materials and Chemistry department                                                         
15h00: Increased competitiveness and accelerated product development through open innovation
Jean-Marie Dewanckele, Program Manager, FISCH & Agfa Materials
15h30: Open discussion
16h00: Coffee & Tea Break
16h30: The environmental impact assessment of polymer nano composites
Li Shen, M. Sc. Utrecht University, Department of Science Technology and Society
17h00: Graphene for Engineering Plastics: an industrial perspective
Hye-Jin Park, Dr., Advanced Materials & Systems Research, BASF
17h30: Closing discussion

The interventions will be held in English 

Participation fee

  • 80 euro (VAT excl.): all participants
  • 30 euro: Master and PhD students - please mail to admin@leuveninc.com for registration


Registrations before Monday 30 September, 2013, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.

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