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Nanoglue and Degradable Polymer Materials

PhD defence, Monday, 4 October 2021, Asger Holm Agergaard.

2021.10.04 | Mie Meulengracht Christensen

Asger Holm Agergaard

During his PhD studies, Asger Holm Agergaard researched functional polymers for use in nanoscale adhesive systems and as stimuli responsive, degradable materials. The nanoscale adhesives consist of polymers attached to surfaces, where they form a nanoscale ‘forest’ of polymers. The adhesive layers are attractive since they are non-toxic and are made from extremely small amounts of chemicals, yet result in strong adhesion between stainless steel and rubber. The degradable material consists of a polymer capable of on-demand conversion to small molecule building blocks, an essential property that enables degradation of the material. Asger Holm Agergaard studied how bio-inspired chemistry enabled such polymers to be fashioned into gels, which can deliver small molecules through on-demand degradation of the material.

The research broadens the scope of applications of novel polymer materials, and shows that very little material goes a long way, when used in the right, nanoscale, fashion.

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: Monday, 4 October 2021 at 13:15
Place: Building 1510, room 213, Auditorium VI, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C.
Title of PhD thesis: Functional Polymers for Molecular Adhesion and Degradable Materials
Contact information: Asger Holm Agergaard, e-mail: aha@inano.au.dk, tel.: +45 50508505
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Scott Phillips, Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University, United States of America
Professor Kristoffer Almdal, Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Senior Researcher Morten Foss, (chairman), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Kim Daasbjerg, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Henrik Birkedal, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
Associate Professor Steen Uttrup Pedersen, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, 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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