Carbohydrates: Monomers amd Polymers
Full course descriptionThe course aims at providing a detailed overview of carbohydrates as biobased materials. There are many obvious materials that are already in industrial use, like hemicellulose, cellulose and starch. These polysaccharide materials are widely used for a large number of applications. However, there is also another large field of carbohydrate research that uses lactic- and/or glycolic acid. These can be used to produce polymers of which the properties can be fine-tuned by using different techniques and technologies. In this course an expert from this field will introduce the industrial use and application of poly-lactides. Also the design and synthesis routes for new carbohydrate building blocks will be studied. Description of skills training during the course: During the course there will be laboratory sessions on the isolation and production of different carbohydrate biobased materials. The students will work together with an external expert in designing their own experiments on structure-function relations of synthetic carbohydrate polymers, i.e. poly-lactic acid, poly-glycolic acid and/or synthesis of new blends (using for instance starch, chitosan, etc.).
Course objectives· To get detailed insight into the complex structures of carbohydrates and polysaccharides; · To study the different carbohydrate materials, i.e. cellulose, starch, hemicelluloses, chitins, etc. and their applications · To create an understanding on the relation between structure and functional properties of carbohydrates and materials based on carbohydrates (vide supra); · To study the details of isolation, production and polymerization of lactic- and glycolic-acid and derived materials · To understand the synthesis and applications of poly-lactides, poly- glycosides and derived materials;
1 Sep 2020
23 Oct 2020
- K. Saralidze