Disordered systems and polymers

Molecular dynamics and applications

Leader: Eric Dargent

In this department, research projects are carried out on fundamental mechanisms of molecular relaxations in disordered macromolecular materials or in the glassy state. The main objective is to establish the physical laws that account for relaxation kinetics in connection with material structures or stresses undergone during application. The influence of confinement and size effects are also investigated. More generally, research activities focus on ageing, in particular petroleum and bio-based organic polymers, nanocomposites and natural fiber composites. Some of these activities are carried out in close collaboration with industrial partners. Based on this expertise, projects on additive manufacturing of polymer have been launched to study the relationships between processes, structures and properties.