Patrick Cosemans

To reduce its environmental impact the construction industry is continuously looking for alternative solutions. One of them is the use of bio-based coatings and paints. The improvement and replacement of components of paints and coatings formulations is a challenging process, because of a possible impact on the final properties of the coating. A new project aims to establish and validate novel bio-based coating systems for use in the construction industry, by replacing fossil ingredients with bio-based ones with the same or better performance and durability. Participate and accelerate your knowledge!

Joey Bosmans

Moisture build-up and condensation can cause damage on a variety of surfaces. Moisture and condensation testing can prevent damage from mould, defects or discoloration of parts. What tests are there and what do they entail? We highlight them here for you.

Joey Bosmans
Pieter Jan Jordaens

Icing is a major concern in many industries and can lead to standstills, safety hazards, product breakage or additional fuel or electricity costs. Active anti-icing systems, however, add to operating costs and are often only applied on crucial zones. The potential of coatings, either as stand-alone system or as an add-on solution, are not yet fully understood or evaluated. Sirris has the option to show the real potential of coatings in its large climate chamber icing test set-up.

Patrick Cosemans

In recent years, efficient alternatives for hard chrome applications have been sought. An urgent need, as the deposition process for hard chrome uses chromium trioxide, which is toxic and carcinogenic, and therefore subject to heavy regulation. It will be banned in the short term for various applications. Although there are alternatives, they do not necessarily meet the desired specifications or may require major modifications to the production facilities. An ongoing research project explores three ways for developing alternative coating technologies and materials.

Patrick Doumen
Joey Bosmans

Increasing the life span of materials with less impact from weather and environmental conditions is one of the key drivers in today's circular economy to reduce our environmental footprint. It is important to be able to quickly carry out simulations on products and components that show the impact of corrosion and oxidation on components and products.

Patrick Doumen
Joey Bosmans

Good adhesion of a coating is a basic condition and preferably during the entire life of the coating. A dolly pull-off adhesion test can give a good indication in advance of the adhesion quality of wet-chemical coatings or whether an adhesion problem can be attributed to the coating itself or to the substrate.

Joey Bosmans

A growing market and increased consumer awareness will facilitate the market acceptance of more sustainable and reusable products. But what exactly does bio-based mean and how can these products be identified? Does it make sense to have your newly developed products certified?

Joey Bosmans

A growing market and stronger public awareness are accelerating the adoption of bio-based, biodegradable and recyclable products. But how can you identify and evaluate these products? And what is their current position in the circular economy? The Sirris and Centexbel webinar on 31 March will bring you up to date on this within the hour!

Joey Bosmans
Pieter Samyn

The development of sustainable alternatives to wallpaper and wall finishes includes both the use of bio-based materials and the implementation of an end-of-life recycling strategy.

Joey Bosmans

There is an increasing demand from the chemical sector for the use of biomass as a source for chemical products and processes. Therefore the focus now lies on improving current processes and regular research into the use of new forms of biomass. What is bio-based, what is the state-of-affairs and how is it validated? Sirris launched its first white paper on bio-based coatings.