Flanders Metals Valley Member
UMons – Metallurgy Department
The University of Mons (UMONS) offers a wide variety of courses in an enriching environment, as well as close teacher-student relationships. It is open to internationalisation. Its research excellence contributes to the socio-economic development of the entire region.
The Metallurgy Department is interested in everything concerning metal alloys, from production to recycling, including surface treatment and characterization. The lab has a strong expertise in “failure analysis” and has a laboratory that allows it to carry out expert assessments in this field to provide information on the origin of failures and to propose solutions. The team is also open to collaborative projects and short-term research on all aspects of metallurgy.
The Metallurgy Department
The Metallurgy Department is interested in all aspects of metals and alloys, from their production to their recycling. It is also active in the fields of coatings and manufacturing processes, as well as in the electrochemistry of functional and intelligent coatings.
His fields of interest are the following:
- Metal coatings (electroless nickel plating, galvanization, PEO, electroplating, …)
- Powder metallurgy (synthesis and wear of WC-Co tools, mechanosynthesis)
- Corrosion (MIC; stress corrosion cracking; rouging), tribology, and tribocorrosion
- Optimization and characterization of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
- Physical metallurgy: Microstructure and properties of metals and alloys
- Heat treatments
- Steelmaking (iron and steel metallurgy)
- Synthesis of materials
- Recycling and waste management – Secondary raw material
- Failure analysis
The lab has world-recognized expertise in surface treatments, specifically electroless nickel deposition, for which he has a patent for lead-free nickel-boron (under commercial license). The team works more particularly on “failure analysis” and has a laboratory that enables it to carry out expert assessments in this field to provide information on the origin of failures and to propose solutions.