> Zum Inhalt

Flemish Institute of Technological Research (VITO)

The Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) implements client‐driven research projects and develops innovative products and processes. The multidisciplinary skills and technological knowhow of this 750‐people strong R&D community make it a crossroads of technology, where state‐of-the‐art technologies are successfully blended into practical applications. The Ceramic and Powder Metallurgy  team of VITO is embedded in a well‐equipped R&D‐environment. For preparation, processing and shaping of ceramic materials, it has semi‐industrial infrastructure and equipment at its disposal, including spray drying, sieving, mixing and milling equipment and the necessary furnaces for calcination and sintering. In addition, the group has a vast range of characterization facilities such as measurement of particle size distribution, specific surface area, porosity, ζ‐potential, contact angle, rheology, thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis. The group has strong collaboration with the Waste Recycling Technology group that addresses recycling and re‐use issues in the SUCCESS project, and with the Advance team that will address the environmental benefits and burdens from a life cycle perspective by applying Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. The Exposure and Risk assessment group, together with toxicologists of the team Applied Bio & molecular Systems have long-term experience in performing health and safety assessment of chemicals and products for workers, consumers and the environment, which includes in house performance of eco-toxicity tests and non-animal alternative tests.