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Through examining the process of polymerisation in greater detail, this project aims to make artificial polymers more environmentally friendly.
This project will study:
- the controlled radical polymerisation of acrylates and methacrylates
- polymerisation in ionic liquids using the RAFT technique
- the influence of power ultrasound in the synthesis of polymers.
Polymerisation is the chemical process that creates polymers. Polymers are large molecules that are found in a variety of natural substances, such as wool, silk, cotton, and even our nails and hair. Humans have also created polymers like nylon and polyester, which are used in a wide range of everyday products. Acrylates are commonly found in acrylic nails, and methacrylates are used to manufacture DVDs. By modifying the polymerisation process, we hope to make it more green, sustainable and efficient.
Graduate researcher profile: Arunjunai Raja Shankar Santha Kumar
What did you do before you started your PhD?
I was working on a research project at IIT Kharagpur, India funded by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India.
What are the challenges of your research role?
For me, the most challenging aspect of my candidature at MIPA pertains to the research itself. My project requires me to envision next-generation networks, which requires familiarity with developing computing and networking technologies. Formulating relevant problems in the area, and understanding existing theoretical tools to look for possible extensions are equally challenging.
What is the best part of your research role?
The aspect I most enjoy is being able to explain the complicated concepts I encounter during my research to my peers and to students.
Where do you wish to go after your PhD? Do you want to enter industry or continue doing more research?
I would like to remain in academia and continue with my research.
- The University of Melbourne: Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar, Professor Greg Qiao
- IIT Kharagpur: Professor Nikhil K. Singha
First published on 22 March 2022.
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