Waterborne Dispersed Polymer

Waterborne dispersed polymers are continuously gaining share of the market because of their unique set of properties and the fact that they are solvent free. They are used in a wide range of applications including adhesives, paints, paper coatings, additives for concrete, tires, textile and leather industry, cosmetics, flocculants, blister packs for pharmaceuticals and biomedicine (diagnosis and therapeutic applications). Dispersed polymers are truly "product by process" materials and major advances can be achieved in this area by combining sound polymer and colloid science with imaginative process strategies. This will expand the range of applications to fields like anti-counterfeiting, coatings for glasses and ceramics, catalysis, MRI contrast agents, light-responsive materials, and sensors.

Current research topics include

  1. Knowledge-based processes for high-performance dispersed polymers
    1. Kinetics of polymerization in dispersed media
    2. Miniemulsion polymerization
    3. Polymeric nanoparticles (< 15 nm)
    4. Process intensification
  2. Structured nanoparticles
    1. Polymer-polymer and polymer-inorganic hybrids
    2. Advanced modeling of particle morphology
    3. Pickering systems
    4. From particle morphology to film morphology
  3.  Bio and smart materials
    1. Dispersed polymer from renewable sources
    2. Molecular imprinting