Department Seminar with Markus Biesalski: Biogenic Polymers at Surfaces – From Stimulus Responsive Barrier Coatings to Wet-Strength Enhancement with Functional Paper

Date(s) - 28 Mar 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

2155 Marston Hall

Markus BiesalskiSpeaker: Markus Biesalski, Professor for Macromolecular Chemistry & Paper Chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Title: Biogenic Polymers at Surfaces – From Stimulus Responsive Barrier Coatings to Wet-Strength Enhancement with Functional Paper

Abstract: Paper has been used intensively for thousands of years and is made from renewable raw materials. It is a flat, highly porous, flexible and foldable but hardly elastic material consisting of largely randomly arranged and interconnected fibrous basic building blocks with a very wide range of sizes and shapes. Due to the necessity of satisfying our needs more and more from renewable resources in the future, paper (a biogenic, easily recyclable and technologically adaptable material) is gaining increasing attention especially for applications beyond traditional needs. The latter requires functionalization of paper (fiber) surfaces for tailoring chemical and mechanical properties, respectively. To this regard, this talk will outline examples where different biogenic polymers functionalize and tailor paper (fiber) surface properties to specific needs. Examples progress from the design of superhydrophobic paper to paper with Janus-type wettability and wet-strength enhancement.

Bio: Markus Biesalski studied chemistry at the University in Mainz and completed his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in 1999. After two years as a postdoctoral fellow at UC, Santa Barbara, he joined the Faculty of Technology at University of Freiburg as an Assistant Professor and Head of an Emmy-Noether Junior Research Group. He finished his Habilitation in 2008, and in the same year, was appointed as a W3 Full-Professor for Macromolecular Chemistry and Paper Chemistry at the TU Darmstadt. His core research interests progress from polymers at interfaces, to new materials and coatings using biogenic polymers, the understanding of dynamic processes with fluid imibition of paper and the development of functional papers for emerging applications in construction and sensing applications, resepectively. Biesalski has been the coordinator of the Hessian Excellence Research Focus LOEWE Soft Control (2011-2015). Since 2014 he is a member of the steering committee and vice-spokesperson of the TU Darmstadt Profile Area From Material to Product Innovation, and since 2016 he is board-member and spokesperson of the MerckLab Low-Instrumented Diagnostics and Analytics at TU Darmstadt. He is elected Referee of the AiF, member of editorial boards of scientific journals, and cofounding member of the Research Cluster Paper & Fiber (CPF).

MSE Seminar Host: Martin Thuo

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