Mild Oxidation and Functionalisation of Synthetic Polymer Surfaces

Promotie

Mild Oxidation and Functionalisation of Synthetic Polymer Surfaces

Promovendus Sjoerd S (Sjoerd) Slagman MSc
Promotor prof.dr. JT (Han) Zuilhof
Copromotor dr. MCR (Maurice) Franssen
Organisatie Wageningen University & Research, Laboratory for Organic Chemistry
Datum

wo 7 november 2018 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

How to extend the lifetime of plastics? This might sound as a somewhat odd question in the age of bio-degradable plastics, but plastics that can withstand extreme conditions can be (re)used more often and thereby thus contribute to an eco-friendly economy. In order to improve these plastics, we need to adjust them and that is not easy! Traditional plastic modification technologies often require a lot of energy or dangerous chemicals. To by-pass these traditional measures, we explored, and pushed, the boundaries of novel eco-friendly technologies. We studied how enzymes, nature’s architects, modified plastic drinking water filtration membranes, which proved to occur in in a completely unprecedented manner. Additionally, a novel eco-friendly chemical tool for modifying plastics opened up a whole new route towards water-repellent materials. We hope that, through our research, we get yet a little closer to a sustainable future.