Lignin is the most abundant renewable source of natural aromatic building blocks on which the chemical industry could heavily rely on if cost-effective conversion processes can be developed. The aim of this project is develop paint formulations from lignin derived materials.
We have recently designed lignin-based materials that allows the use of mini-emulsion polymerisation technique to produce paints. Hitherto, the complex nature of lignin, insolubility in organic solvents, and its ability to act as a free radical scavenger in emulsion polymerization reactions, have prevented its utilization in such chemical reactions.
The candidate will learn about polymer chemistry and the use analytical techniques to monitor and characterise reaction products that include monomers, oligomers and polymers. Establish contact with the chemical industry.
Development of industrial paints from biomass.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
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