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Polymer Composites

polymer composites

Dr. Wouter Grouve

Thermoplastic composites are a crucial element in building a sustainable and circular economy. Our focus is on developing thermoplastic composites that have a high-performance and a low environmental impact. Our research in this area includes developing new thermoplastic materials and composites, investigating sustainable production methods, and exploring potential applications in a variety of industries. We are particularly interested in the potential of thermoplastic composites for lightweighting applications in the transportation sector, where reducing weight can significantly decrease fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

In addition to their performance benefits, thermoplastic composites are also recyclable, making them an excellent choice for a circular economy. By creating composites that can be easily recycled, we can significantly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and contribute to a more sustainable future. At the Polymer Centre Twente, we are committed to developing thermoplastic composites that are not only high-performing but also sustainable and recyclable.

Electron microscopy image of a fractured layered unidirectionally reinforced composite  polymer composite © Wouter Grouve