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8h50 – Welcome session
9h00 – 11h Ferro/Piezoelectric PVDF – Industrial and Academic Developments
  • Thibault SOULESTIN (Arkéma PiezoTech, France) – Processing and applications of fluorinated electroactive polymers
  • Barbara STADLOBER (Joanneum Research, Austria) – Fabrication strategies of PVDF-TrFE based novel devices on flexible and ultraflexible substrates
  • Anaëlle TALBOURDET (Brochier Technologies) – PVDF-based textiles for smart applications
  • Bruno AMEDURI (Institut Charles Gerhardt, France) – Poly(vinylidene fluoride) and VDF copolymers as unique electroactive materials
  • Lei ZHU (Case Western Reserve University, USA) –  High piezoelectricity in PVDF polymers enhanced      by oriented amorphous fraction
  • Jean-Marie RAQUEZ (UMons, Belgium) – Impact of PMMA and quenching on PVDF b-crystallization  and related electroactive properties
11h30 – 12h30 Biobased Piezoelectric PLA –  BIOHARV INTERREG project
  • Cédric SAMUEL / Sophie BARRAU (IMT Lille Douai / ULille, France) – MDO-processing of PiezoPLA, structures – properties relationships and large-area prototyping
  • Birgit STUBBE (Centexbel, Belgium) – PiezoPLA processing into textile tapes / fabrics, prototyping routes and their electromechanical performances
  • Mohamed RGUITI / Christian COURTOIS (UPHF, France) – Electromechanical performance prediction of PiezoPLA films for harvesting, sensing and transduction
  • Philippe LECLERE (UMons, Belgium) – On the characterization of piezoelectric properties at the nanoscale of PLA-based thin films and electrospun nanofibers
14h30 – 15h30 Interactive Session – Questions & Answers
16h00 – 17h30 Round Table – Forum on Future Projects

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BIOHARV project

The BIOHARV project is a French-Belgium R&D project on bio-based piezoelectric polymers financed by the INTERREG V FWVL program. The project unites IMT Lille Douai (project leader), Armines, Centexbel, University of Mons, University of Lille and University Polytechnique Hauts-De-France. BIOHARV started on October 2016 and will close on March 2021. 


  • Evidence, evaluate and optimize shear piezoelectric properties of PLA
  • Develop reliable melt-state processes for the production of piezoelectic PLA films and fibers
  • Setup prototyping routes for energy µ-generators and sensors
  • Consolidate a cross border FR-BE network on the topic of (biobased) electroactive polymers