AMT Seminar: Nothing can last forever – on the limited life span of polymers
23 January 2020 15:00 - Location: LECTURE ROOM F, FACULTY OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, KLUYVERWEG 1, DELFT | Add to my calendar
Seminar Series in Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies
In the seminar series in aerospace manufacturing technologies, we are presenting invited speakers with selected topics in the field of novel manufacturing technologies. The upcoming seminar talk will be given by Professor Markus Grob, Head of the Institute of Polymer Engineering at FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Nothing can last forever – on the limited life span of polymers
Abstract: Polymers as all organic materials are degrading in the presence of heat, light and oxygen and have therefore a limited life span. Depending on the conditions, one can extend the lifetime significantly by different types of stabilizers. However, it is very important firstly to understand, what are the mechanisms and secondly, what are the requirements from the application.
Markus C. Grob, born 1965, has received his diploma and his PhD from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland. After a post-doctoral stage at DuPont de Nemours in Wilmington (DE), USA, as a visiting research scientist, he started in 1995 in Ciba-Geigy, later Ciba Speciality Chemicals in Basel, Switzerland. In his 20 years of industrial life he touched many topics like conductive polymers, permanent surface modifications of polymeric materials, degradation and stabilization of engineering resins under heat and light for applications in the building and construction area. He worked as Global Marketing Manager in the microelectronic field, specialized on a product range for the high end photolithography for chips and MEMS. After his return into the plastics industry he worked on new materials for the automotive industry. In 2009 Ciba was taken over by BASF and Markus has taken over the global development group for extrusion and specialties. In 2014 he was appointed as Professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and joined the Institute of Polymer Engineering, where he is responsible for the section chemistry and Analytics. In 2019 he has taken over the lead of the institute from Clemens Dransfeld.