Within the field of thermosets, thermoplastics and plastic composites, we have expertise in developing and documenting materials into finished products, as well as the processes linked to the creation of these products. We also provide research-based consultancy in the field of polymer materials.
Materials Composite and polymer materials
Industrial biotechnology is a key research area at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry. Industrial biotechnology uses enzymes and micro-organisms to make biobased products in sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and feed ingrediens, detergents, paper and pulp, textiles and bioenergy.
Biological and biotechnological systems are often very complex, containing a large number (hundreds to thousands) of distinct chemical compounds. The use of mass spectrometry (MS) coupled to chromatographic separation (GC, LC, IC, FFF) allows for sensitive and robust quantification (ng/ml and below) of one or several selected compounds. This can be done even when the compound(s) of interest is present at very low concentration and in complex mixtures with closely related molecules. No other analytical technique can provide the same combination of sensitivity, selectivity and specificity for biological systems.
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.
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.
Self-healing electrical insulation materials for high voltage apparatuses are very attractive, especially for new and high-power demand applications when placed in locations which are difficult to access and in harsh environments. Applications include offshore wind farms, subsea grid and equipment located in the Arctic.
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.
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.
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.
CARBCOATPRO – Stimuli responsive layered double hydroxide/CARBon nanotube based COATings with multi-level corrosion PROtection
The CARBCOATPRO project aims at developing innovative multi-level protective "smart"coatings with enhanced "self-healing" active protection properties, to improve the long-term performance of metallic substrates.
Air could be the world’s next battery
Storing compressed air in sealed tunnels and mines could be a way of storing energy in the future – if an EU project in which Norway is a partner is successful.
Green light for plant-based food packaging
Bioplastic packaging that extends the shelf life of food and tells us when it is no longer fit to eat will result in less waste.