The University of Amsterdam recently reported that a group of researchers who collaborate at the Centre for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam (CASA) have teamed up with researchers from the companies DSM, AkzoNobel and BASF for a project focusing on the development of new analytical techniques for advanced polymers.
The research team with analytical scientists Govert Somsen (VU), Peter Schoenmakers, and Ron Peters (both UvA) have received funding of €1.7 million for their UNMATCHED project.
The project funding was granted by NWO-ENW in the Chemical Industrial Partnership Programme (CHIPP) from the Innovation Fund for Chemistry.
Understanding complex polymer materials
UNMATCHED is an acronym for UNderstanding MATerials by CHaracterizing Essential Distributions and its aims are to develop innovative highly-selective analytical methods for enhanced separation and detection of complex (bio)polymers.
Increasingly smarter chemical strategies are developed to make more and more complex polymer molecules, which comprise multiple structural distributions and as these advances continue at their current pace the existing analytical methods are not able resolve this molecular diversity. As a consequence, polymer structures cannot be correlated adequately to functional properties.
The results from the UNMATCHED project will aid in better understanding of polymer properties and function, and ultimately in the production of more sophisticated polymer materials.
The total budget for UNMATCHED is 1.688 million euro, of which 750,000 euro is funded by the industrial partners.
A team of four PhD students and two postdocs will work in both VU and UvA laboratories and they will also be seconded for substantial periods to the company labs, with a focus on implementing newly developed UNMATCHED systems in industry in what is a very existing research project.