Assignment description

Many products that you use daily like car seats, leather bags or furniture have protective coatings. For some of these products it is important that the coatings become more sustainable and/or biodegradable. The Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy is starting a new project on the biodegradability and sustainability of coatings. We do this together with one of the manufacturers or these coatings.

We are currently looking for a student environmental sciences, chemistry or chemical engineering that wants to join this project and look into the already available knowledge regarding the biodegradability of PUR coatings and the products that are formed (literature study). Besides this you will also perform laboratory tests on biodegradability of PUR coatings (using Oxitop). You will be supported by researchers of the research group Biobased Resources & Energy and the research group Biobased Building Blocks & Products. Depending on the available time it is also possible to look into the possibility to enhance biodegradation using modification.


You will assist the research team by looking into the biodegradability of PUR coatings.


Starting date: 1st September 2021 – 31st January 2022

Who we are:

You will be working for the research group Biobased Resources & Energy and the research group Biobased Building Blocks & Products within the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoE BBE). The CoE BBE is powered by the Avans and HZ Universities of applied sciences and helps businesses achieve their biobased goals by working with them to modernize higher professional education and to carry out applied research that makes a difference. The Biobased Resource & Energy research group is focusing on valorising residual streams from nature, agriculture or industrial sources and the production and use of biobased energy. The Biobased Building Blocks & Products research group is investigating the synthesis, processing and application of biobased polymers and high-grade fill materials made from biomass

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