Patrick Cosemans

With the BioCoat project, Sirris is supporting companies in the transition towards a bio-based economy by providing practical guidelines in the application of bio-based alternatives for traditional coatings. In particular, the performance of bio-based acrylate coatings has recently been extensively evaluated as protective coatings for wood substrates.

Pieter Samyn
Joey Bosmans

The sourcing and use of biomaterials and biopolymers has become an integrated concept in the circular economy. Driven by scarcity of resources and need for replacement of fossil-based polymers into renewable alternatives, new concepts for design and selection of appropriate materials have been developed.

Patrick Cosemans
Pieter Samyn

Paper and cardboard are ideal packaging materials through the renewable origin of cellulose fibres, their high specific rigidity and light weight. To increase the quality and shelf life of packaged foods, the performance of paper needs to be adjusted through barrier coatings offering protection against water, gas permeability or aroma preservation. What about the suitability for recycling of these coated materials? Can they be reused in paper production? The Repac2 project aims to evaluate functionality and recyclability of paper for food packaging.

Pascal Pollet

Digitalisation results in a great leap forward for some production companies, while for others the impact is rather limited. Why is this and how can you avoid disappointment after digitalising operational processes?

Pieter Samyn
Joey Bosmans
Patrick Cosemans

Stricter regulations are limiting the use of classic biocides and lowering their permitted concentrations. As a result, the paint industry faces major challenges in ensuring the durability and storage life of water-based paint systems. At Techniline we offer an overview of possible technological alternatives for preserving paints. Bio-based antimicrobials are certainly suitable for this purpose.

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.