Category Archives: Technical writing & editing

BvM and NKV are present at Materials 2014 trade fair and congress

Eddy Brinkman of Betase is closely involved in Materials 2014 trade fair and congress (, that will take place on April 16 and 17 in Congress Center Koningshof in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. As president of the Netherlands Society for Materials Science (Bond voor Materialenkennis, BvM, he was asked to be a member of the […]

Self healing materials: concept and applications

They appeal to the imagination: materials which are able to heal themselves. Despite the fact that there have already been many examples in nature: wounds that apparently autonomously stop bleeding, or broken bones that heal after some time. The ‘only’ thing that’s necessary is to transfer these tricks from nature to man-made materials. In 2013, […]

Piezoelectric materials and applications

Piezoelectric materials – that can convert mechanical energy into electric energy and vice versa – are among the ‘invisible’ materials that are widespread around us. Consumer products, automotive electronics, medical technology, and industrial systems are but a few areas where piezoelectric components are indispensable. Besides models to describe and understand the behaviour of piezoelectric materials […]

Self healing functional materials

Functional materials can do a ‘trick’. For example conducting electricity, or emitting light when a voltage difference is applied over the material, or generating a voltage when the material is compressed. The electrolyte in a fuel cell through which ions are being transported is clearly a functional material, just as the (doped) silicon semi-conducting material […]

The hidden use of piezo technology in applications all around us

What is the common denominator in inkjet printers, parking sensors for cars, gas lighters and ultrasound imaging for babies? The answer: all these applications make use of piezoelectric materials. This material has something special: it has the capability to change shape – for example become shorter or wider – by applying an electric voltage over […]

iPolyCond – European knowledge transfer project

Between 1 October 2009 and 30 September 2011, Betase participated in the European knowledge transfer project iPolyCond, together with other European partners and partly funded by the European Commission. The booklet iPolyCond conductive polymers as well as the book An introduction to conductive polymer composites are results of the project, aiming at developing training materials […]

Delft in materials – Materials in Delft

This booklet gives a look behind the scenes of the research at Delft Centre for Materials (DCMat), at Delft University of Technology. Simply by relating images of the everyday life of Delft and surroundings to the fascinating world of technology, materials and research at DCMat that is hidden behind that ‘everyday life’. To expressly bring […]

Breakthrough in pervaporation membrane for dehydration of solvent streams

After several years of development, researchers at the Universities of Twente and Amsterdam and the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands have succeeded in obtaining a membrane system which is hydrothermally stable under semi-industrial dehydrating conditions at elevated temperature. This organic-inorganic hybrid membrane system combines the best of both worlds: flexibility and water repelling properties […]