Leveraging the resources and technological strengths of the Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western (FPC), the ICRC focuses on applied research and development spanning the entire value chain of the polymer composites market.
The primary objective of ICRC is to provide a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment for fundamental and applied research in the manufacturing and application of polymer composites – promoting the accelerated adoption of these materials in the automotive and other industries. Special focus is given to issues related to mass production of lightweight materials for the transportation sector, and sustainable products for the building materials sector.
The primary academic function of the ICRC is to facilitate the training of graduate students to conduct research, develop technology and transfer knowledge in fields associated with the processing and application of polymer composite materials.
ICRC graduate students will have the opportunity to complete an internship with the FPC or in a related industry in Ontario. An annual workshop with experts from industry and academia will be part of the experience for ICRC’s graduate students, including expert keynote lectures, student oral and poster presentations, condensed short course(s) and ample opportunities for networking.