Innovation in Materials and Molecular Engineering - Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapy:

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Research and technology transfer activity focuses on developing new polymer materials both experimentally and by means of computer simulation, and on mechanisms of protection against corrosion and developing anticorrosion additives for coatings.

Development of new polymer materials: This covers aspects such as the preparation of polymer materials using chemical or electrochemical processes, characterization of their physical, chemical and electrochemical properties, and the design and application of new conductive polymers with optimized properties, the study and prediction of properties (structural, mechanical, chemical, electronic, electrochemical and rheological) by means of molecular simulation, development of microscopic and mesoscopic models to simulate the behaviour of molecular and macromolecular systems and, finally, study of the interaction between polymer materials and biological systems.

In the area of protection against corrosion, we analyse the factors responsible for metal corrosion in large facilities, determine protection mechanisms by means of accelerated atmospheric and marine corrosion tests, and develop anti-corrosive attitudes for organic coatings and the application of conductive polymers to protection against corrosion and, finally, we develop and manufacture mechanical devices for carrying out Accelerated tests.

The IMEM group is currently a recognized group, together with the Center for Structural Integrity, Reliability and Micromechanics of Materials (CIEFMA), with the Tecnio Catalonia quality seal, awarded by ACCIÓ (Generalitat de Catalunya).

Relevant equipment :

  • Potentiostats-galvanostats for electrochemical synthesis.
  • FT-IR
  • Schimatzu TOC-V CSN (230 V) TOC (total organic carbon) analyser, with automatic injection, dilution and calibration, for monitoring processes of degradation and elimination of organic pollutants in industrial effluent.
  • Potentiostat for corrosion analysis.
  • Robot devices for carrying out accelerated corrosion tests.
  • Two computer clusters with 16 processors for performing calculations.
  • Silicon Graphics workstations.
  • Access to CESCA, CEPBA and BSC computers.
  • Cold plasma equipment for the modification of polymeric and metallic surfaces and / or nanoparticles.

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The IMEM-BRT research group together with the CIEFMA research group form the TECNIO IMEM-CIEFMA-UPC center