Polymer & Biopolymer chemistry

Polymer chemistry is a chemistry subdiscipline that deals with the structures, chemical synthesis and properties of polymers, primarily synthetic polymers such as plastics and elastomers. Polymer chemistry is related to the broader field of polymer science, which also encompasses polymer physics and polymer engineering. Biopolymers are polymers produced by living organisms; in other words, they are polymeric biomolecules. Biopolymer is made up of polymeric molecules produced from the natural products or from living organisms. Biopolymers are classified under 3 categories they are
  • Biopolymer formed by Polynucleotides (RNA & DNA) which is composed of nucleotide monomers.
  • Biopolymer formed by polypeptides which is made up of short polymers of amino acids.
  • Biopolymers made up of polysaccharides which is nothing but polymeric carbohydrate structures. 

Biopolymer plays a key role in our environment as it’s an alternative for traditional polymeric substances, the main advantage of biopolymers are they are biodegradable. Biopolymers contain monomeric units that are covalently bonded to form larger structures. There are three main classes of biopolymers, classified according to the monomeric units used and the structure of the biopolymer formed: polynucleotides (RNA and DNA), which are long polymers composed of 13 or more nucleotide monomers; polypeptides, which are short polymers of amino acids; and polysaccharides, which are often linear bonded polymeric carbohydrate structures. Other examples of biopolymers include rubber, suberin, melanin and lignin.

 
Research areas
  • Chemical modification of thermoplastics by reactive extrusion
  • Recycling of thermoplastics
  • Filling and reinforcing of thermoplastics
  • Biodegradable polymer compositions with the use of raw materials of natural origin
  • Polymer nanocomposites
  • Modification and processing of engineering polymers, including PPO