Monday, February 23, 2015
Polymer Engineering Academic Center
Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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"Research on Bio-based Polymers at NIMTE"
Bio-based polymers are the polymers which are derived from renewable resources (Figure 1). Some research progress on bio-based polymers at Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering (NIMTE), Chinese Academy of Sciences will be reviewed. The research includes development of heat resistant polylactic acid, soybean based wood adhesives, rosin based polymers, itaconic acid based epoxy resins, and so on. The results indicate that the bio-based polymers show superior properties and have potential to replace petroleum-based polymers.
Prof. Jin Zhu got his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2001 and did postdoctoral research at Cornell University from 2001 to 2003. He has worked for several American companies from 2003 to 2009 in USA prior to returning China. He is currently working at Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIMTE). He is currently the Director of Institute of Materials Technology at NIMTE. He was selected as a scholar of the “National Thousand Talent Program” in 2012. His research interests are bio-based polymers. He is currently a member of both American Chemical Society and Society of Plastics Engineers. He has transferred two technologies to industry with total amount of 26 million RMB in China. He has published more than 70 research papers. He has 30 patents granted and more than 50 patents pending.