Contract type: Internship
Duration: 6 months
Place: Belvaux & Hautcharage
The Materials Research and Technology (MRT) Department translates cutting-edge materials research into applicable technology. Its areas of activity range from nanomaterials and enabling nanotechnology to sustainable composite materials. In support, a composite platform provides the necessary facilities for state of the art research and development concerning multi-scale polymer processing, structural composites manufacturing, macromolecular engineering and composite-specific characterization. Work on process engineering & prototyping leverages MRT's considerable expertise and equipment in areas ranging from reactive polymer processing and thin film processing to nano-fabrication, prototyping and functional measurements. The Department is further strengthened by a platform for advanced characterization, and operates a technology line focused on the development of scientific instruments based on charged particle beams for nano-imaging and nano-analysis. The current project will be a joint activity between the nanomaterials and enabling nanotechnology unit and the sustainable composite materials unit aiming at reinforcing the scientific and technological skills of the MRT department concerning composite for space applications.
Current space missions require the use of light materials having a high resistance to space environments as electrical charging, heat cycling, UV, vacuum, etc. To this end, polymer composite are widely used but to date, their long term stability is far from being satisfactory. One way to dissipate charging effect is to disperse electrically-conductive nanoparticles within polymer matrix. We propose to develop and characterize such a material whose originality will rely on the nanoparticle structure that can be tuned. The training will be organized into three parts: (i) State of the art and testing plan definition, (ii) Nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, and (iii) Nanocomposite processing and electrical/structural characterization. Nanoparticle synthesis and nanocomposite processing will be done by the trainee, as well as routine characterizations, while advanced characterizations will be done by specialists. At the end of each part, a report will have to be delivered and a final presentation will have to be prepared.