“My name is Amina Kolic, I live in Middelburg and I study chemistry at HZ University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen. I am currently graduating from the Marine Biobased Specialties lectorate of the Center of Expertise Biobased Economy.

During my studies I was already very interested in the transition to a bio-based society, an internship at the CoE BBE was a great opportunity for me to contribute to this.

Within the lectorate, I participate in an EU interreg based project: Pure Nature: 100% Biobased. The aim of this project is to isolate pigments from marine organisms and agricultural crops, which can be used as sustainable, non-toxic and biodegradable alternatives to synthetic pigments.

“Sustainable, non-toxic and biodegradable alternatives to synthetic pigments”

In this project my goal is to compare different extraction methods and thus find an efficient way to extract pigments such as carotenoids from brown algae. In addition, my focus is on the purification of the extracted pigments, so that they can be used in, for example, the textile industry.

During the research I found an efficient way to extract and purify the pigments. In the coming weeks I will focus on the theoretical and practical application of the purified extract in application.

During this internship I learned more about doing research and working individually, which has improved my theoretical and practical skills a lot. I will certainly use these skills in the future, as I will start with the pre-master molecular chemistry at Radboud University in Nijmegen after graduation. In the future I hope to combine organic chemistry and the biobased economy in the synthesis of new bio-based molecules.”

– May 27, 2019

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