In-depth characterization of complex co-polymers
Co-polymers are ubiquitous in modern society as they provide tunability for specific desired chemical and physical properties. To create higher-quality products, it is important to understand the underlying chemical structure that results in the desired physical properties of the final product. The block-length distribution of a copolymer is an important parameter that remains challenging to characterize. To date, most methods aimed at block copolymers characterize average block lengths but cannot comment on its distribution. In this study, we aim to characterize complex co-polymers by investigating the block-length distribution.
About the speaker
Rick van den Hurk obtained his MSc degree in 2020 at the University of Amsterdam. For his graduation, Van den Hurk investigated the use of immobilised-enzyme reactors for on-line degradation of biopolymers within liquid-phase separations. He also studied the characterisation of polyether polyols and ethoxylated surfactants using FT-ICR-MS. Having worked as researcher at Shell, Van den Hurk currently conducts his PhD within the PARADISE project. His research focuses on developing methods for determining the sequence distribution of polymers as well as the analysis and on-line degradation of complex nitrocellulose-based energetic materials.