Projects

HPPN Research Group focuses on the application-oriented fundamental problems and novel technologies in fire retardant materials, advanced polymer and composite materials. In recent years, HPPN Research Group has been undertaking a variety of research and development activities including new fire retardant materials, novel bio-based polymers, high performance epoxy-based materials, polymer matrix composites/nanocomposites, etc, which have attracted funding from European Union, international collaboration, industries and national government. Importantly, one of the missions of HPPN Research Group is to transfer the knowledge to the industrials, aiming at reinforcing their competitiveness.



Current Projects

NANOFIRE: “Nanomaterials via host-guest interaction as Multifunctional Fire Retardants to Polymers”

The project deals with the development of new generation nanomaterials via host-guest interaction as multifunctional fire retardants for polymers. The […]

FUNMAT: “Functionally Metalized Nanocellulose for Future Smart Materials”

One of challenges in the developments of nanocellulose will be to make these naturally nano-structured objects functional with new properties […]

TESCOM: “Tailored Lightweight Sandwich Composites with Multifunctional Properties and Good Designability”

With the increasing demand for energy saving and emission reduction in the transportation industry, the study on lightweight sandwich composites […]

FIRECOAT: “Eco-friendly Fire Retardant Materials as Fireproof Coating”

FIRECOAT: “Eco-friendly Fire Retardant Materials as Fireproof Coating” Funding: Zhejiang Ruico New Material co., ltd Region: International Project period: 2019-2021 […]

HIGHFILL: “Development of High Performance Hydromagnesite-based fillers to Polymers”.

HIGHFILL: “Development of High Performance Hydromagnesite-based fillers to Polymers” Funding: Liaoning Jinghua New Materials Region: International Project period:2019-2021 Principal Investigator: […]

SEPICOM: “Investigation on the Fire Behaviours of Targeted Polymer Nanocomposites”

SEPICOM: “Investigation on the Fire Behaviours of Targeted Polymer Nanocomposites” Partners: TOLSA S.A. (Project Coordinator) Funding: TOLSA S.A. Region: National […]

BIOCOMPOSITE: “Study on biobased wood fibre reinforced polymer composites”

BIOCOMPOSITE:”Study on biobased wood fibre reinforced polymer composites”   BIOCOMPOSITE: Study on biobased wood fibre reinforced polymer composites Funding: University […]

Bio-FIREALARM: “Modification of nanomaterials to prepare sensitive flame-retardant fire sensor towards early detection to polymer-based materials”

The project deal with the sensitive flame-retardant fire sensors via utilizing different multi-functional nanomaterials. The aim of this work is […]

BioFRCP: “Bioinspired hierarchical interphase engineering strategy toward advanced composites with superior fire-proof and mechanical properties”

The project deals with the design and development of bio-based interfacial engineering strategies which manipulate the microsize interphase of fiber […]

Completed Projects

NEW EPOXY: “New Generation High-Performance Fire Retardant Epoxy Nanocomposites: structure-property relationship”

Epoxy resins find versatile and massive use in wide areas such as coatings, adhesives, composite materials and electronic packaging, owing to their outstanding properties and favorable processability. However, they still suffer from high flammability. Furthermore, suppressing smoke release from burning of epoxy materials is quite challenging and far away from being well resolved.

NETHIPEC: “Next generation high performance epoxy-based composites: Green recycling and molecular-level fire retardancy”

The project is aimed at understanding the recycling mechanisms of epoxy-based materials and improve their fire retardancy. The objectives of […]

SEPIFIRE: “Study of Sepiolite-Based Fire Retardant Systems”

This research contract funded by TOLSA S.A. seeks to study the performance of sepiolite-based additives in fire retardant systems. In the SEFIRE project, the effect of sepiolite-based additives on fire retardancy of commercial polymer systems is determined by cone calorimeter test. The investigation will also include study of fire behaviour, fire retardant mechanisms, mechanical properties, thermal stability and structure of the char after burning.

SEPIFIRE II: “Study of sepiolite-based fire retardant systems”

This research project funded by MINECO seeks to study the performance of sepiolite-based additives in fire retardant systems. In the […]

ECOPVC: “Eco-Friendly Fire Retardant PVC Nanocomposites”

The study of fire retardancy in PVC is a very important topic nowadays due to its huge industrial application. ECOPVC project aims to develop a series eco-friendly fire retardant technologies for PVC, completely replacing the traditional fire retarding approach by using antimony oxides because of theirenvironment impact.

HIFIRE: “High Performance environmentally friendly Fire Retardant Epoxy Nanocomposites”

Epoxy resin plays a very important role in the development of polymer matrix materials because of their overall superior insulating and mechanical properties. New epoxy based polymers with enhanced multifunctional properties (e.g. flame retardancy, thermal stability and reduced cost) are required for applications in construction, transportation, aerospace and electric and electronic devices.

ECOFIRE-NANO: “New Generation of Eco-Benign Fire Retardant and Nanocomposites”

Fire retardants can significantly improve the fire safety of the materials leading to enhance security and reduction of risks in the case of fire. The development of novel eco-benign, high performance fire retardants and materials is attractive not only from industrial but also from environmental and socio-economical stand points.

IMS&CPS: Innovative Material Synergies & Composite Processing Strategies

Nowadays, the whole aerospace industry (engines & structures) turns definitively to high-performance carbon fibre composites to solve main challenge such as: cost savings, further weight reduction and improved durability. Composites are key materials for the development of the whole transport industry since they simultaneously reduce the associated costs and the transport environmental imprint via reduction in fuel consumption, and hence, COx and NOx emission reductions through lightweight design.

FLARETEX: “Sustainable Flame Retardancy for Textiles and Related Materials based on Nanoparticles substituting Conventional Chemicals”

Replacement of existing flame retardants (FR) with sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives for textiles in domestic, safety, transport (automotive, rail, aerospace and marine), civil emergency and military, construction and other industries requires a multidisciplinary approach from textile technology to the physics and chemistry of fire.

Performance of bio-based building materials

Maintaining and expanding the market potential for bio-based building products in indoor and outdoor construction uses remains a key activity for European industry in the forestry and biotechnological sector. Performance data for many “environmental friendly” building materials are lacking as well as suitable comprehensive test methodologies to determine their resistance against mould, stain, and decay.

New Generation High Performance Polymer Materials

New Generation High Performance Polymer Materials Funding: “Ramón y Cajal” Grant, RYC-2012-10737, MINECO Region: Spain Project period:2013– 2018 Principal Investigator: […]

Fire safe use of bio-based building products

Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) has achieved large acceptance in the recent years. FSE allows a PBD with customized building solutions. However, the available techniques are often limited to non-combustible materials. During the last decade the portfolio of building products made from bio-based raw materials has increased enormously. The material properties affecting a possible fire development vary which has been confirmed in many development projects including European researchers.
This Action wants to create a platform for networking, exchange and collection of performance data, experiences, authority- and climate requirements which affect the design with respect to the Fire Safe Use of Bio-based Building Products. By systematically organisation knowledge in this area will advance at a significant higher rate. The Action will Exchange researchers, organize Workshop and create comprehensive dissemination material.

FIREINF: “Fire retardant epoxy infusion resin composites”

A new generation fire safe resins which have a promising to be used in future transportation.

COMETAD “Development of computational and experimental techniques for analysis and design of fire retardant polymers”

Improving the fire retardancy of polymeric materials by means of additives without compromising other properties is necessary to expand their […]

NEOADFOAM “Innovative additives for foams with improved thermal insulation and fire resistance”

The main objective of this research project funded by MINECO is to develop a family of multifunctional additives for polymeric […]

MOFMAP: “Tailored Metal-Organic Framework From Hybrid to Multifunctional Flame Retardant Polymer Nanocomposites”

The main objective of this project is to develop a new generation of polymer-based multi-functional nanocomposites by combining functionalized Metal-Organic […]

MAVIS: “New Material Solutions for the optimization of AC roof units”

The principal aim of this project is to find new material solutions as an alternative to polyester/GF composites for climate […]

SUMER: “Study of the comprehensive utilization of Magnesium sources in the Salt Lakes design for Flame Retardant Epoxy Resins”

The main objective of this project is to the design and preparation of multifunctional magnesium-based nanomaterials and its application in […]

FRANK: “Development a novel non-halogenated, REACh compliant FR system suitable for acrylic PSAs”

FRANK: “Development a novel non-halogenated, REACh compliant FR system suitable for acrylic PSAs” Research collaboration: TESA SE Funding: TESA SE […]

HIPREP: “High Performance Reinforced Fire-Retardant Polymers”

The objective of this investigation is to develop high performance reinforced fire-retardant polymers via special molecular design, chemical functionalization of […]

NECAP: “New Carbon-Based Polymer Composites”

NECAP: “New Carbon-Based Polymer Composites” Funding: China Scholarship Council Region: International Project period:2017– 2019 Principal Investigator: Dr. De-Yi Wang

REPFIRE: “Comparative study of flame retardants for application in polyurethane foams”

REPFIRE: Comparative study of flame retardants for application in polyurethane foams Funding: REPSOL S.A. Region: Spain Project period: 2018-2019 Principal […]

TOBEST: “Functionalization of Natural Brucite and its application in Polymers”

TOBEST: “Functionalization of Natural Brucite and its application in Polymers” Funding: Liaoning Jinghua New Materials Region: International Project period: 2018-2019 […]

PPS: “Study on new technique to anti-shrinking PPS fiber at ignition and during burning”

PPS: “Study on new technique to anti-shrinking PPS fiber at ignition and during burning” Funding: Sichuan Unfire Polymer Material Technology […]

STRUBAT C: “Fire Retardant Structural Batteries”

STRUBAT C: Fire Retardant Structural Batteries Funding: Fundación IMDEA Materiales Region: Internal Project period: 2017-2021 Principal Investigator: Dr. De-Yi Wang

FIREMEC: “Fire behaviors and mechanisms of polymers”

This research contract funded by Repsol seeks to study the mechanisms of actuation of polyols with fire retardant capabilities.   […]

NEWTOP: “New fire retardant additives to polymers”

NEWTOP: “New fire retardant additives to polymers” Funding: Liaoning Jinghua New Materials Region: International Project period: 2017-2018 Principal Investigator: Dr. […]

SIPs: “European Network on Smart Inorganic Polymers synergises”

This research contract funded by European Science Foundation seeks to study smart inorganic polymers synergises. The European Network on Smart […]

INNOFLAME: “New, innovative halogen-free flame retardant products”

INNOFLAME: “New, innovative halogen-free flame retardant products” Funding: Archroma Management GmbH Region: International Project period: 2017 Principal Investigator: Dr. De-Yi […]

SEFIRE: “Study of Sepiolite-Based Fire Retardant Systems”

This research contract funded by TOLSA S.A. seeks to study the performance of sepiolite-based additives in fire retardant systems. In […]