Preparation and characterization of biocarbon/biopolymer composites

General background:
Biocarbon, also commonly known as Biochar, is a high-carbon, fine-grained solid that is
produced through pyrolysis processes and currently mainly used for energy. Recently biocarbon
has also gained attention for its potential value in industrial applications such as composites.
Addition of biocarbon in the polymer is likely to increase the mechanical properties and decrease
hydrophilic nature of a polymer. Using biocarbon in polymer composites is also interesting
because of its relatively low specific weight that will result to lighter composite materials.
In this project the SME Rodenburg Biopolymers, Charcotec, and Nettenergy will collaborate with
Avans/CoE BBE in a study on preparation and characterization of biocarbon/biopolymer
biocomposite.

Goal of internship:
Preparation and characterization of biocarbon/biopolymer composites

Activities:
The Project involves:
1. Preparation of biocarbon/biopolymer composites.
2. Investigate the effect of biocarbon types, sizes, and concentrations on the mechanical
properties of the composites (tensile, flexural, impact tests);
3. Investigate the effect of biocarbon types, sizes, and concentrations on the morphology
(SEM) and the hydrophilic nature of the composites (contact angle measurements).
4. Investigate the effect of biocarbon types, sizes, and concentrations on the thermal
properties of the composites (TGA, DSC)
5. Investigate the effect of biocarbon types, sizes, and concentrations on the rheological
properties of the composites properties of the composites.

Starting date
September 2020. The length of the assignment is 5 months. The student who will execute the
assignment gets a fee of €350,- per month.
The intern will be part of a research team lead by the adviser and supervised by Qian Zhou and
Koen van Beurden.

Desirable skills/qualities of the student
The student should be able to carry out independent laboratory research. The preferred
background is chemistry and chemical engineering. The interest in biocomposite is a pre.

logo-coebbe logo-avans-hogeschoolContact:
Contact person concerning this assignment : Qian Zhou
Phone : +316 10224446
E-mail : q.zhou1@avans.nl
Visiting address : Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy
Street / number, areal code and place : Lovendijkstraat 63, Breda
Postal address : 4800 RA

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