Industries we serve
Oil and lubricants
Today the demand for new products with enhanced technical performance is increasing. FLAMAC has an excellent track-record in accelerating R&D in this field through customised high-throughput experimentation methodologies. This includes the development of lubricants, fuels, bitumen mixtures, and screening e.g. corrosion testing.
Fragrances and flavours
In the past few years, there has been a perpetual evolution in customer experience and preference, such as perfume intensity and longevity. The need to meet these changes has led FLAMAC to create and implement a versatile, automated high-throughput synthesis platform, boasting end-to-end encapsulation technology.
Home and personal care
Many products have a short life cycle, which increases the need for new formulations. Additionally, multiple ingredients are used for the products, which leads to further complexities. Using our expertise in the area of high-throughput experimentation, FLAMAC can generate a large amount of reliable data essential for the creation of knowledge models.
To facilitate the research of energy-related applications, i.e. rechargeable batteries, improved light technology (e.g. quantum dots) and solar cells, FLAMAC has been involved in redesigning existing high-throughput experimentation platforms. This allows us to synthesise nanoparticles and apply coatings on dedicated substrates for further analyses.
Inks, paints and coatings
The increasing need to develop more sustainable chemistry in order to facilitate society demands and changing regulations requires significant and continuous formulation research activity. At FLAMAC, dedicated high-throughput experimentation platforms enable to explore a wider formulation design space more rapidly.
Food and beverages
In the food industry, the continuous pursuit of improved, healthier and stable food products is vital. By means of high-throughput screening of food additives combined with stability (physical/chemical) monitoring on our automated HT stability platform, FLAMAC gives food companies better insights into their own products.
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Projects we complete
Start: 1 July 2018 – End: 1 June 2020
Surfactants are performance molecules that intervene in nearly every product and aspect of human daily life. The goal of APPLISURF is the further development and optimisation of an innovative and extensive molecular biosurfactant portfolio. A combination of genetic modification, fermentation development/optimisation and green chemistry will be applied, followed by high-throughput screening, structure-function modelling and the scaleup of the production processes. The AppliSurf project, supported by Catalisti, SIM and FBBV, further develops and characterises a recently established portfolio of innovative biosurfactants. Companies can get access to project results, provide input, influence project orientation and obtain samples for internal testing (against fee) by taking part in the user group.
FLAMAC is actively involved in the accelerated physical-chemical characterisation of bio-based surfactants to establish structure-function models and speed up the development of competitive bio-based surfactants. After this first stage, FLAMAC will use its high-throughput formulation platforms for composition screening and to introduce the bio-based molecules in existing formulations.
More info can be found on the project page.
QDOCCO: Quantum Dots for On Chip Luminescent Down conversion
Start: 1 January 2018 – End: 31 December 2021
In lighting and display technology, quantum dots can bring the combined benefit of enhanced performance and reduced power consumption, and lead to tailored, spectrum-by-design light sources for special applications. However, a direct transfer of QD-technology to these broader markets faces issues with either performance, stability, cost or composition of the QDs. The assumption behind QDoCCo is that a shift from a remote to an on-chip phosphor configuration is the key step to square the performance, stability, cost and composition circle for QD-based products.
QDOCCO is a cooperation between Ghent University (Departments of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Solid State Sciences (cocoon and lumilab), University of Leuven (Soft Matter Rheology and Technology, Light & Lighting Laboratory and Drug delivery and disposition), Antwerp University (Electron Microscopy for Materials Science) and FLAMAC.
Start: 1 July 2018 – End: 30 June 2022
The WBDurapaint project, financed by Interreg FW-VL, aims to develop new, water-based, high performance paint systems with a low environmental impact: eliminating toxic compounds and maintaining low VOC without compromising satisfying performances for the building and transport industries. The project explores further in the direction of development of epoxy-based paints and isocyanate-free polyurethane paints.
FLAMAC plays a key part in combining formulation screening and automated characterisation aiming to substitute targeted paint components with eco-friendly ingredients manufactured by our project partners. FLAMAC’s role consists of accelerating the development of new, sustainable bio-based paints.
More info can be found on the project’s website (only in French and Dutch).
XL-LION: Advanced Lithium Ion Batteries with Dual Ionic-Electronic Core-shell articles
Start: 1 January 2017 – End: 28 February 2021
The Li-ion cell is the technology of choice for rechargeable battery applications. In this project, we target improvements in electrode formulation and Li ion battery architecture by the development of dual ionic-electronic conductor (DuCo) materials as conductive coatings around the electrode particles.
XL-Lion is a cooperation between Hasselt University, FLAMAC, Ghent University and Imec.
SMART: Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings
Start: 1 January 2017 – End: 1 January 2021
This project aims at finding zero-waste solutions for tailings, i.e. the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction (gangue) of an ore.
SMART is a strategic basic research project within the long-term SIM MaRes programme on “Materials from Solid and Liquid Industrial Process Residues”.
For more information, see the SIM Website or the KULeuven Website.
Recently finished projects