PhD project: Wood-based barriers for wood-based materials
Supervisor: Mikael Hedenqvist
Dissertation planned to: 2027
This project will focus on the development of barrier materials inspired by nature, more specifically on the moisture and gas barrier layer found in plants and fruits known as cutin. It is a cross-linked bio-polyester made by glycerol and hydroxy fatty acids or diacids. The same building blocks can be also found in bark, which is the wood based resource chosen in this project to retrieve such molecule. The extraction of those building blocks will be followed by the development of a cuticle inspired material and the characterization of its barrier and physical performance. This will hopefully provide a material with possible industrial implementation in e.g. packaging materials, as well as a more deep understanding on how nature develops its own barrier materials.
Research theme: 3–material forming, 4–material concepts
Treesearch aims at creating a national platform to support the research on new materials from the forest. Research projects conducted within Treesearch research areas and the researchers who are active in these projects are welcome to join the platform.