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The TPRC has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. The TPRC, which started out small with just a few researchers, has since developed considerably. The key to this success? TPRC’s people, without whose expertise and drive there would be no future.

The series #TPRCminds introduces you to the people behind our success. Who are they? What is their background? What drives them and what do they dream of? How do they view the future of thermoplastic composites?

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Episode 1: Jeroen Houwers, Research Engineer

"For me, TPRC is both a job and a hobby"

Research engineer Jeroen Houwers, TPRC-mind since 2014, explains how his innovations might someday be visible in daily life. Read all about this fun and innovative tradition in the article:

Episode 2: Wouter Grouve, Assistant Professor

“The past few years have been a time of rapid acceleration, and the TPRC has been right at the heart of it all.”

In episode 2 you can read about Assistant Professor Wouter Grouve, TPRC-mind since 2012 and now also a lecturer at the University of Twente. He admits that he’s been positively surprised by the developments in his own field in recent years.

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Episode 3: Yannick Buser, PhD Researcher

"This industry is not going to run out of challenges anytime soon."

As a child, Yannick Buser would get totally absorbed in constructing model buildings, making things from cardboard, paint and glue, and in being generally creative. These days, he’s swapped his old building blocks for the material of the future – thermoplastic composites.

Episode 4: Ramona Sitohang, PhD Researcher

"The visits to the partners were really inspiring."

"The composites world is pretty small, so you tend to meet the same people. A lot of those people were from Twente. I wanted to go further in this occupation, so I realised early on that I wanted to take this leap.”

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Episode 5: Sebastiaan Haanappel, AniForm Engineering

“I believe a better understanding of how the material behaves during production, will have a long-term, global impact."

In episode 5, Sebastiaan tells his story about his move to Twente to follow a master’s program at the UT and his PhD research at the TPRC. He shares how he and his companion joined forces to make AniForm Engineering a successful adventure and how their software is now used by many entities in the worldwide aerospace industry.

Episode 6: Jagadeesh Swamy, PhD Researcher

“Twente is the place for thermoplastic composites"

In the Netherlands Jagadeesh Swamy became fascinated by thermoplastic composites. He continued his mission at the TPRC, where he is keen on experimenting with new materials – and also on the liquorice jar. Jagadeesh wants to use his expertise to create a more sustainable industry.

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Learn more about the TPRC

The ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) is a consortium of industrial and academic members active in the thermoplastic composites industry. The TPRC believes in thermoplastic composites as the material for lightweight manufacturing in large volumes. The primary aim of the TPRC is to enable a more widespread use of thermoplastic composites by eliminating technological barriers.