Objectives

Objective 1

Development of new enzyme and/or organometallic catalyzed pathways that will enable the synthesis itaconate based prepolymer with precisely defined structure. The groundbreaking objective is to determine a way to partly control monomer sequence in the prepolymer structure.

Key milestone:

  • Synthesized prepolymer with desired properties (monomer sequence, molar mass and mass distribution).
  • Omitted undesired side reactions during prepolymer synthesis
  • Established correlation between reaction conditions and prepolymer structure/properties
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Objective 2

The goal is to find an adequate styrene replacement by combining dimethyl itaconate and other biobased monomer(s) (such as fatty acid-based monomers, vinyl levulinate, methacrylated vanillin, etc.) or we will combine dimethyl itaconate with petrochemical monomer with high potential to be produced from renewable resources in the near future (such as methyl methacrylate). The cutting-edge objective is to find reactive diluent(s) that will facilitate low viscosity of the resin (below 200 mPa s), exhibit good miscibility with prepolymer and optimal curing rate.

Key milestone:

  • Desired properties of uncured resin (miscibility, stability and rheological properties, etc.)
  • Desired properties of cured resin (mechanical, chemical, thermal, biocompatibility, etc.)

Objective 3

The main goal of the project is to find possible applications for novel resins. The potential for biomedical application and enzyme carriers will be investigated. In both of these areas, biobased monomers have great advantage in their significantly lower toxicity compared to petrochemical monomers. Production of fully biobased composite materials using agro-food waste will also be investigated. Natural fibres acquired from agro-food wastes are renewable, low cost, and available in large amounts.

Key milestone:

  • Defined potential biomedical application and determined biocompatibility.
  • Prepared enzyme carrier, confirmed enzyme activity, determined protein loading, confirmed stability and determined reusability.
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