The key objectives of the "Polymer Chemistry Research Group”
(PCR) within the Department of
Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry in the Faculty of Sciences
of Ghent University and part of
the UGent Expertise Centre of Macromolecular Chemistry (CMaC) can be described under
the general heading "design, characterization and application of
tailor-made, functional polymer structures and polymeric-derived
Three types of research themes can be distinguished:
- From polymer functionalization to absolute control
- Dynamic and self-healing polymeric materials
- Giving renewable polymers function(ality)
With our highly interdisciplinary approach, we are targeting
novel, often industrially applicable polymer materials, for use in
such areas as self-healing polymers, sustainable coatings,
vitrimers, informatics, polymeric dispersants, packaging, particle
design, recycling and reshaping by a combination of fine
control over the polymer chemistry and an in-depth characterization of
the materials generated, in conjunction with numerous academic and
The PCR-group is involved in two European projects, one as coordinator, which illustrate its collaborative efforts in different fields, respectively the SUSCOAT project on sustainable functional coatings and the EURO-SEQUENCES project on sequence controlled polymer structures.
A Business Developer, operating in the fields of our research, is strongly involved in the development of early-stage technologies and the set-up of long-standing interactions with corporate partners.
By its research activities and equipment facilities, the PCR-group has the intention to provide students and researchers with a broad scope of the design and understanding of the properties of polymeric materials.