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Invention of plastic that degrade on-demand

PhD Defence, Thursday 29 October 2020, Andreas Sommerfeldt.

2020.10.29 | Mie Meulengracht Christensen

Andreas Sommerfeldt

During his PhD studies Andreas Sommerfeldt has researched in synthetically stable polymers (or plastics), that, upon addition of an external stimuli, degrades through depolymerization back to its original building blocks (monomers). The monomers are afterwards readily available for repolymerization for new applications. Andreas Sommerfeldt has, during his studies, developed two new polymers with such degradable properties, both have the advantage that they can degrade even in their solid state if exposed to an aqueous solution of stimuli. The research in degradable polymers and new types of degradable polymers is advantageous for industries that wants a greener profile, but lack the materials for doing such, however, such expansion to the industry is yet far away.

The PhD study was completed at Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 14:15
Place: The PhD defence will be held online for external participants. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Kim Daasbjerg, kdaa@chem.au.dk
Title of PhD thesis: Synthesizing New and Versatile Self-Immolative Polymers
Contact information: Andreas Sommerfeldt, e-mail: as@inano.au.dk, tel.: +45 2636 3386
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Brent Sumerlin, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, USA
Professor Kristoffer Almdal, Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Associate Professor Frans Mulder (Chairman), iNANO, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Kim Daasbjerg, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisor:
Associate Professor Steen Uttrup Pedersen, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.nat@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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