Today Dr. Héctor Torres has presented his Doctoral Thesis entitled Fast Responsive Photocrhomic Polymeric Materials Through Nanoemulsion Entrapment. The thesis has been carried out within the Materials Sciences Program of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the framework of the Industrial Doctorates of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Dr. Héctor Torres has developed his Thesis together with the Spin-Off Futurechormes S.L. created in the group. The general objective of the research project has been to develop a new generation of photochromic polymeric materials. Special emphasis has been focused to obtain an improvement in the properties of the photochromic materials currently used in different sectors such as the ophthalmic industry and smart crystals, among others. This new generation of photochromic materials is based on properly functionalized micro and / or nanostructured systems embedded in polymeric materials. As a result, an optically transparent photochromic material with fast and liquid-like kinetic response has been developed. This technology is based on the nanoemulsion entrapment (NEE) technique, in which a nanoemulsion is first formed and stabilized by a film-forming polymer. Then the solvent of the continuous phase is removed, to generate a film containing the emulsion droplets entrapped in it.
The Thesis Comitte has been formed by:
President: Dr. Jordi Esquena Moret (Instituto de Química Avanzada de Cataluña, IQAC – CSIC)
Secretary:Dr. Chaira Bertarelli (Politecnico di Milano)
Vocal: Dr. António Jorge Dias Parola (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)
His director Dr. Claudio Roscini and the whole Nanosfun family are proud of such a good job!