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.

Patrick Cosemans

Packaging is one of the most important actors in the food supply chain. The industry sees itself confronted with several challenges, the use of (coated) paper and cardboard packages being one of them. The aim of the CORNET-TETRA project 'REPAC²', proposed by Sirris and several Flemish and European partners, is to support an accelerated implementation of highly functional and recyclable coated paper and cardboard materials for dry food packaging applications. Join us!

Joey Bosmans

New trends such as circular construction and ecological construction have ensured that novel materials have found their way into the construction sector. The use of renewable raw materials and nature-based building materials forms an integral part of this. A status report, with some examples of materials and initiatives.

Patrick Cosemans

Amid the current corona pandemic, the prevention of infections is a hot topic. The European AMiCI ePlatform network, in which Sirris is also involved, aims to accelerate the knowledge building in relation to new antimicrobial surfaces as a tool in the fight against resistant bacteria that are becoming an increasingly strong enemy in hospitals. In order to introduce the knowledge gained to the market, this project will now be followed up with an ePlatform for a test bed tool across the EU, for antimicrobial coating solutions in healthcare that will be launched on the market.