The main purpose of our research group is the design and development of new elastomeric materials for advanced applications.
Precisely, the central research areas that we are working on are:
Basic study of cross-linking reaction, the network formation, the effect of different vulcanizing systems to the network structure and polymer dynamics and their relationship with the physical properties of these elastomeric materials.
In this working area, elastomeric compounds and nano-composites with advanced properties are developed by i) addition of reinforcing fillers and nano-fillers to rubber matrices, ii) their surface modification and iii) the advanced characterization of (nano)filler/elastomer interface. Application of basic science to the development of tire tread compounds with enhanced properties (in rolling resistance, wet grip and wear resistance) for a greener and energetically more efficient road transport.
Synthesis and characterization of new polyurethanes with advanced applications: synthesis of biodegradable and non-toxic elastomeric polymers with tailor-made functional structure for advanced bio-medical applications, preparation of solid adhesives (solvent-free) based on polyurethane or projectable polyurethanes applied to the construction field.
Development of dynamic networks with shelf-healing, re-processing and recycling properties as a more sustainable alternative to conventional rubber for the impulse of a circular economy in this field. Development of novel smart elastomeric materials with shape-memory and temperature-memory properties. Development of novel recycling methodologies for obtaining high-quality secondary raw-materials to be applied in polymeric materials with high added value.
International reference group in the application of advanced NMR experiments in low-field NMR spectrometers to the study at molecular level of fundamental concepts in rubber science and technology: study of the network structure, phase separation, (nano)filler-rubber interface and segmental dynamics in elastomeric (nano)composites.