Innovation for Sustainable Production - Bruges 18-21 April 2010

4. Materials for Sustainable Production - Jan Luyten

General Introduction

Advanced materials technology is a key enabler for sustainable growth in our competitive economy. Materials technology will be of prime importance to solve the urgent societal problems concerning energy, the environment and health issues. Functionalised porous structures allow novel membrane and catalytic processing applications to reduce emissions and revolutionise process performance. Advanced surface treatments enable the environmentally friendly industrial production of ever more compact products, requiring less raw materials and offering much more functionalities. Advances in biomaterials result in smaller, economically viable systems to enhance the quality of life. Under the I-SUP 2010 theme "Materials for Sustainable Production", contributions under this exciting umbrella of research and development are welcomed.

The following session topics are foreseen:

Keynote lecture:
"Novel Nanoparticle Processing for Advanced Composite Materials and their Recycling"
Prof. M. Naito (JP)

Theme 1: Materials for Energy and Environment

In order to improve the standard of human living worldwide, the demand for energy, housing, transportation, agricultural and industrial products has strongly increased. These efforts are however often leading to enhanced pollution and climate change.
The use of membranes, filters, catalysts, sensors and specific devices (e.g. as fuel cells), will have their contribution to the protection of both environment while ensuring energy supplies.

Invited lecture:
"Characterization of ceramic and metal foams for pollution control applications"
Prof. M. Innocentini (BR)


  • Filters
  • Membranes
  • Fuel cells
  • Thermo-electrical materials
  • Catalysis
  • Photovoltaics
Theme 2: Materials for Health
Organised by:
Flanders platform for Tissue Engineering:
  • UGent
    Polymer Chemistry & Biomaterials Research Group,
    Research Group for Cell/Biomaterial Interactions,
    Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology.

  • K.U.Leuven 
    Prometheus-division of Skeletal Tissue Engineering,
    Leuven Medical Technology Centre

  • VITO
    Materials Technology - biomaterials research activity

Biomaterials become more and more essential to improve human life due to the increase of life expectancy of the population. Biomaterials can now be designed with bioactive properties and stimuli to enhance tissue engineering.
This session aims to summarize the efforts made in the creation of new bioceramics, hybrid materials, improved orthopaedic implants, bio-inspired ceramics, tissue engineering, bio-nano coatings, biomedical devices and related subject areas.

Invited lecture:
"Progress in the Development and Characterisation of Nanostructured Bioactive Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering"
Prof. A. Boccaccini (UK)


  • Bone tissue engineering - Scaffolds
  • Modelling
  • Drug delivery
Theme 3: New Materials Processing Routes

This session aims to give an overview on new synthesis techniques towards materials with functional surfaces, bottom-up manufacturing, intelligent joining and so on. Surface treatments, e.g. with atmospheric plasma or laser techniques are often used to improve the performance of products or components, their useful working lifetimes, better and enhanced multifunctionalities, aesthetic appearance or economics of production. Papers are invited on development and applications of innovative surface treatments, the synthesis of nanostructured materials and techniques for material characterisation.

Invited lecture:
“Plasma processes for surface treatment – efficiency and environmental aspects”
C. Oehr (DE)


  • Intelligent joining
  • Innovative surface treatments
  • Techniques for material characterization
  • Rapid prototyping & manufacturing
  • Synthesis of nanostructured materials

Scientific Advisory Board


Members of the Advisory Board

Theme 1:  Materials for Energy and Environment

  • H.P. Buchkremer, Forschungszentrum Jülich (DE)
  • O. Van der Biest, K.U.Leuven (BE)
  • P. Colombo, University of Padova (IT)
  • M. Naito, Osaka University (JP)

Theme 2: Materials for Health


  • J. Schrooten, K.U.Leuven (BE)
  • E. Schacht, Ghent University (BE)
  • J.P. Erauw, BCRC, Mons (BE)
  • P. Dubruel, Ghent University (BE)
  • A.R. Boccaccini, Imperial College London (UK)

Theme 3: New processing routes


  • H. Vercammen, Sirris (BE)
  • K. Rose, Fraunhofer ISC (DE)
  • J. Mullens, Hasselt University (BE)
  • K. Van Acker, K.U. Leuven (BE)
  • R. van de Sanden, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL)


In association with:

SIRRIS, driving industry by technology

EUREKA, European businesses through technology