LATEST NEWS

Cheap sustainable adsorbents for hazardous dyes

Hot off the press in the journal Environmental Research, we report results from sustainable mesoporous carbons as alternative for the adsorption of bulky reactive azo dyes that are difficult to remove from wastewater streams. More HERE

Senior scientist from the Ukraine joins FISPOL

We are very proud to announce that at the end of December 2022, Dr. Vitaliy Budarin joined our research group. Vitaliy has collaborated with us for many years and he will spend the next 2 years with us working on sustainable polymeric materials and their applications. More HERE

 

Tuning viscoelastic properties of new PUR adhesives

A report on the viscoelastic properties of reversible polyurethane adhesives for sustainable multilayer packaging developed in the MANDALA project has been published in the journal Polymer. More HERE

School students get recycling skills at the library

Dr. Araceli Flores met with a group of young secondary school students at the Gerardo Diego Library within the “Catálogo de Conferencias Científicas del CSIC dirigidas al Sistema Educativo de la CAM” programme. More HERE

 

Alternative nylon-6 intercalation into clays for enhanced nanocomposites

A recent publication in the journal Polymers in collaboration with researchers at the American University in Cairo describes a new approach for strong nylon 6 / montmorillonite clay nanocomposites. More HERE

 

MANDALA Workshop at EMPACK trade fair

On October 27th, at the EMPACK trade fair (Madrid) the advances that have been achieved in the MANDALA Project will be highlighted. Since the future of packaging will be marked by research and innovation, at the end of the event there will be a networking session in a coffee break format. Do not miss it! The first 50 attendees will receive a special gift. REGISTER HERE

 

Bea successfully defends her project at the UPM

After her internship in our group, Beatriz Bispo de Souza has defended her final degree project in Energy Engineering at the School of Mines and Energy of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). More HERE

 

Sustainable Adhesives for recycling multilayer polymer films

Hot off the press in open access in the journal Polymers, our latest article describes polyurethane-based laminating adhesives, designed within the MANDALA project, which contain thermoreversible Diels-Alder adducts that break the adhesive network on heating. More HERE

Plastics recycling: A sticky solution - the interview

Shortly after the ESOF 2022 Forum, Gary Ellis was interviewed on the group's work in the MANDALA project by journalists from the TU Dortmund for a piece that was published online (in German) in the innovative science discovery travel guide, science-guide.eu. More HERE

Sustainability with MANDALA at ESOF

On 13th July, the MANDALA project was presented by Gary Ellis in a session dedicated to "A Sustainable Future with Sustainable Plastics" in the Euroscience Open Forum. More HERE

Advanced bioderived PLA-based nanomaterials

A manuscript recently published in Polymers describes the crystallization kinetics and melting behaviour of polymer blend nanocomposites based on poly(lactic acid), nylon-11 and inorganic nanotubes. More HERE

FISPOL at Power our Future 2022

SusPlast predoctoral researcher, Manuel Prieto gave a talk at the V International Forum on Advances and Trends in Battery and Condenser Technology organized by CIC-energiGUNE in Vitoria-Gasteiz. More HERE

 

Manu wins Best Poster Prize in Granada

SusPlast predoctoral researcher, Manuel Prieto was awarded Best Poster Prize at the XXXVIII Biannual Meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry held in Granada, 27th - 30th June 2022, for his work on high added-value porous materials derived from biosourced polymers. Congratulations Manu! More HERE

FISPOL at SusPlast "Industry Day"

On June 16, the PTI celebrates an "Industry Day" meeting at the CSIC Central to stimulate new cooperation and collaboration between its public-scientific groups and private partners. FISPOL researchers will participate in the event presenting the technological offer and specialties of the group. More HERE

 

 

SusPlast contract for FISPOL

Within the activities of the PTI-SusPlast, the FISPOL group has been assigned a 12-month contract with the objective to reinforce the team and promote the group's strategies in the development of new materials based on polymers with high added value from waste, renewable and sustainable sources. More HERE

 

School students experience the working world

Within the FUTURUS program of the IES La Salle-Maravillas, four young students from 4th year of ESO visited us on Tuesday, June 14. More HERE

 

 

Pisa welcomes MANDALA CM

At last we meet face to face again! The M36 Consortium Meeting was held in Pisa, Italy, hosted by the company ARCHA, one of the partners of the H2020 BBI-JU project, MANDALA. More HERE

 

SOME OF OUR RESEARCH

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Polymer
nanocomposites
Graphene and other
2D materials
   
Chemical
Functionalization
Mesoporous carbons
and their NCs
   
Blends, multilayer films,
fibres and laminates
Advanced characterization
techniques

 

OUR MISSION

The main activity of the group is fundamental and applied research in polymeric materials in the areas of polymer blends, composites, hybrid and nanocomposite materials incorporating graphene and other 2D materials to produce multifuncional materials with improved performance for applications in diverse areas.

Our more recent goals are focused on actions to tackle fundamental societal needs using sustainable materials and strategies. These include the conversion of food waste into value-added materials, the replacement conventional solvents with bio-sourced solvents in materials synthesis and processing, the push towards biopolymers as substituents of crude-oil derived polymers, and the development of new recycling scenarios to bring multilayer packaging and other multimaterials into a circular economy.

LINKS

nanocosmos

Institute of Polymer Science & TechnologyDepartment of Polymer Physics, Elastomers & Energy
CSIC

 

 

DESTACAMOS...

Articles

One of the group's most highly cited manuscripts, a feature article with over 260 citations, was published in Macromolcular Rapid Communications, and decribed advances in the covalent modification of graphene with polymers. Link here

 

Books

The book chapter "Graphene-Based Polymer Nanocomposites" has been downloaded more than 19,570 times. More here

 

Reviews

According to SCOPUS, our revision article "High-performance nano-composites based on polyetherketones" has more than 195 citations. More HERE.