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.
- 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.
The project focuses on the development of 100% biobased and non-toxic polyurethane for end products in the textile and synthetic rubber industry.
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.
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.
Establishment of a pan-European network on the sustainable valorisation of lignin.
The main objective of the D-NL-HIT surface project is to introduce state-of-the-art development and testing methods
The goal of the “Horizontal” project is to map and evaluate different suggested solutions in order to understand which products and processes have a higher potential for creating economic value and are therefore suitable for scale up and piloting.
Molecular design of high-end materials for 3D printing
The main goal of the project is the development of a selection of polymeric materials that perform optimally as filaments (3D printing raw materials).
Technology development for the production of functionalised biobased aromatics
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.
Elastin mimetic polymer-peptide hybrids
The goal of this project is to engineer functional cardiovascular tissues that have the ability to provide long-term functionality when introduced into the body.
- 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