Polymeermembranes based on renewable copolymers

Maastricht University Biobased Materials Group, SABIC
Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen
Biobased, Polymeren
Gesloten Collaboratie






NWO has announced that in the context of the ‘Fonds Nieuwe Chemische Innovaties’ (NCI), they have granted a subsidy for the collaboration between Maastricht University and SABIC for the research on polymer membranes on the basis of renewable copolymers. The subsidy is meant for public-private collaborations between a company and a university to tackle research questions set by the business world.
This is the first NWO subsidy for the Biobased Materials research group of Maastricht University, situated on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen. The project will be headed by Maastricht University’s Dr. Katrien Bernaerts, university docent and specialist in polymer chemistry for bio based materials. For SABIC, Rob Duchateau, chief scientist, is responsible for the polymerization catalysis and the development of new polymers.
In this project, the researchers from UM and SABIC will produce polymer membranes, that can be applied in, for example, water purification. To do this they will need to develop new block and graft copolymers that arrange themselves on a nanoscale. By selectively degrading / removing one of the components, pores appear in the membranes. The polymer that is removed, bio based (not fossil) and can be reused, which makes this research very ‘green’.  During the research, knowledge will be gathered to steer the characteristics of the porous membranes.


Startdatum: September 2015

Betrokken Partijen: Maastricht University

Subsidie: NWO (Fonds Nieuwe Chemische Innovaties)

Projectfase: Realisatie

Openheid: Gesloten Collaboratie

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Ermo DanielsKnowledge Transfer Officer

+31 6 46705028/ ermo.daniels@maastrichtuniversity.nl