Our ability to develop improved or new materials and processes relies to a large extent on the experimental and theoretical research tools that are available. These tools are necessary in order to describe and understand the relationship between the structure and composition of a material, its processing parameters and its properties. They are also often used to understand why materials degrade and/or fail in service.
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry Materials and Nanotechnology
RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Nanotechnology and advanced materials will have a significant impact on solving the grand challenges of our global society and create new business opportunities for existing and new industries. SINTEF has the capability to assist your organization in developing new or improved products with strong competence within structural and functional materials and multi material combinations. Through combination with other relevant competencies in SINTEF we contribute to the development of sustainable value chains in context of a circular economy.
SINTEF offers expertise along the entire value chain from primary production to product development and performance. As a result of its low weight, outstanding corrosion properties and excellent mechanical properties, aluminium is one of the most important construction materials in the world.
Production of Ferroalloys (i.e. Ferrosilicon/Silicon- and Ferromanganese) is a strong and significant land-based industry in Norway. The results from the cooperation between the industry and academia (SINTEF/NTNU) in Norway are basic knowledge regarding thermodynamics- and kinetic-data as well as reaction mechanisms within core processes and environmental issues.
Wind turbines and their components are subjected to large long lasting loads and harsh environment resulting in high demands to the applied structural materials and protective coatings used. SINTEF Materials and Chemistry works on development, testing and modelling of a wide range of materials applied in wind turbines.
SINTEF develops solutions employing nanotechnology and materials with improved or new functionality for a very wide range of applications, but in particular within the nationally prioritized areas energy, environment, health, natural resources, ICT and biotechnology.
At SINTEF we work with all types of polymers: thermoplastic polymers, thermosets, composites, elastomers and gels. Within these materials, we are involved in R&D along the complete value chain from raw materials to the properties of the final product.
In order to develop materials with the necessary properties, it is important to develop a holistic understanding of the material requirements in relation to the end-product properties. We therefore offer product- and production expertise that can help our customers with their product development strategies.
Silicon is the second most abundant chemical element in the earth's crust and is applied in a large variety of applications ranging from fine chemical industry, alloying element in aluminum and steel to semiconductor in electronics and solar cells.
Our staff is very experienced in solving problems and research performance related to welding and joining of materials applied in tough environments, where both the process and the product are in focus. Our strength is to combine theoretical knowledge, modelling and laboratory experiments.
We can test and characterise a wide range of different materials in our laboratories. Materials and components are bent, tensioned and compressed, and go through fracture- and fatigue tests.
We offer laboratory and field testing services in addition to contract research and development. Our laboratories are equipped with modern instruments for coating testing and characterization. Additionally, we have access to a wide range of advanced methods and equipment for coating and surface characterization within the SINTEF group.
Tribology is the multidisciplinary science on wear, friction and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion. Research in tribology is often highly dependent on the final application. The mission of the Tribology Lab at SINTEF/NTNU is to adapt our knowledge and equipment to our clients’ needs.
MICROFIBRE: Evaluating the fate, effects and mitigation measures for microplastic fibre pollution in aquatic environments
To understand the environmental behaviour and impacts of microplastic fibres (MPFs) in order to develop a decision support framework that enables garment manufacturers to make environmentally informed choices in their material selection.
SiC4LED – Novel fluorescent silicon carbide growth approach for white LEDs
The main objective of the project aims to grow a new type of compound semiconductor crystal, fluorescent silicon carbide (f-SiC), by applying the liquid solution phase epitaxial (LPE) technology, and to preliminarily examine the feasibility of fabricating the monolithic white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). It is expected to save up to 20% of energy consumption for SiC growth.
MKRAM – Material Knowledge for Robust Additive Manufacturing
Industrial use of additive manufacturing (3D printing) is increasing. There are many recent developments, both technically and commercially, regarding materials, machines and production services. However, there are also R&D challenges, e.g. when it comes to predictable and repeatable material properties. The MKRAM project is addressing such challenges for selected metal alloys and plastics.
New allergy test promises safer antibiotic use
Allergies to antibiotics are the commonest form of medication allergies and, in the worst cases, can result in anaphylaxis and death. SINTEF is participating in the development of a new allergy test that will make it easier to provide patients with safe and correct treatments.
The International Hydrogen Conference 2016
In September Lise and Vigdis attended the 2016 International Hydrogen Conference, supported by among others our collaborating international project partner I2CNER.