Biobased polymers

The group Biobased polymers explores both the synthesis of the building blocks through (bio)organic chemical methods, as well as their incorporation into polymer materials. New properties of new materials are being investigated for possible further development towards targeted applications.

Research

  • Main research focus is on the design of polymer materials with tunable properties exploiting the functionality of biobased building blocks.
  • This is enabled by the synthesis of new functional (co)polymers with a variety of architectures (homopolymers, block copolymers, graft copolymers, random copolymers) via different chemistries (organic chemistry, controlled or free radical polymerisation, ring-opening polymerisation, cationic polymerisation, step-growth polymerizsation, polymer modification, or a combination of them)
  • and the study of their structure-property relationships in several fields of application e.g. stimuli-responsive polymers, coatings, fibres, engineering plastics, hydrogels.
  • Growing focus on the use of artificial intelligence techniques to support the experimental work, e.g. data interpretation and prediction of structure-property relationships.

Projects

  • BIOCOMEM – Bio-based copolymers for membrane end products for gas separations

    The role of Maastricht University will be the synthesis and design of biobased copolymer precursors that can be processed into membranes with improved mechanical, thermal and permeation properties.

  • LOADED

    The objective of the project is to evaluate the compatibility and added value of this biobased thermoplastic material for use as a performance additive in various commercial polymers, including polyesters, polyolefins and polyamides.​

  • Bio NIPU
    The project focuses on the development of 100% biobased and non-toxic polyurethane for end products in the textile and synthetic rubber industry.
  • GREENER – Biobased and Biodegradable replacement for polyacrylic acid
    This project aims to contribute to a more sustainable world. On the one hand, we will develop polymers that have the same properties as the widespread water-soluble polymer polyacrylic acid, but have the great advantage that they are both bio-based and biodegradable, characteristics that polyacrylic acid does not yet meet.
  • Lignin Riches
    This project has the ambitious goal to lay the basis of the world’s first bio-refinery for lignin: a crude oil to be used as marine fuel.
  • LignoCOST
    Establishment of a pan-European network on the sustainable valorisation of lignin.
  • D-NL-HIT
    The main objective of the D-NL-HIT surface project is to introduce state-of-the-art development and testing methods
  • Novel aromatic monomers from biomass
    Novel aromatic monomers from biomass preferably provide added functionality as compared to fossil-based monomers to be considered a viable alternative.

Education

  • CHE3005 Industrial Chemistry, Maastricht Science Programme
  • BBM1007 Macromolecular chemistry: Biopolymers synthesis, modification and characterization, Master Biobased Materials
  • BBM1011 Surfaces and Interfaces: Modification and Spectroscopical Analysis, Master Biobased Materials
  • PRA2002 Chemical Synthesis, Maastricht Science Programme
  • Supervision of Maastricht Science Programme Bachelor Thesis projects
  • Supervision of Master Biobased Materials Mater Thesis projects
  • Board of Admissions Master Biobased Materials

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