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Plastics, rubbers and composites

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.

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In SINTEF interdisciplinary teams of scientists work closely together with the industry in developing and qualifying materials and products, and in developing innovative products and solutions. We work actively in many application areas including automotive, aviation, maritime, building and construction, wind turbines, oil and gas installations and chemicals, paints and functional coatings, cables, packaging, pipes, textiles, medical devices and electronics.

Our expertise includes:

  • Synthesis of polymers and modified polymer systems
  • Development of bespoke polymer solutions and additives for tailor made properties
  • Encapsulation
  • Water soluble polymers
  • Bio polymers and bio based composites
  • Product development with new materials/applications
  • Polymer processing techniques and process development
  • Mechanical response: material properties and product design
  • Reliability of materials and products in severe environments (e.g. oil & gas applications)
  • ICT applications, e.g. smart clothes and electronics
  • Medical applications, e.g. fabrication and surface modification of lab-on-a-chip devices
  • Recycling of polymer and composite products
  • Materials characterization, testing and modeling