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Dr. Christoph Gürtler "Dream production - from basics to materials"

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Bayer Material Science AG, Germany

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  • Seminar
When Jul 27, 2011
from 02:15 PM to 03:00 PM
Where “Hörsaal Makromolekulare Chemie”, Stefan-Meier-Str. 31, Freiburg
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Dream Production – Within the framework of the corresponding project, scientists of Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Technology Services cooperate with energy provider RWE Power AG as well as RWTH Aachen University as academic partner to realize a sustainable usage of CO2 as C1-building block. The project consortium pictures the value chain of CO2-utilization in a very unique way – from source to product.

Design and development of processes to exploit CO2 as C1-building block for polymer synthesis is a primary project goal. CO2 is separated from flue gas streams of coal-fired power plants and is made available in sufficient purity for synthesis. Within Dream Production, the focus is put on the manufacturing of polyether polycarbonate-polyols on the basis of CO2 and propylene oxide is brought into focus. Besides performing this challenging reaction in laboratory scale, additionally the set-up of a continuous miniplant will be realized. Subsequently the polyether polycarbonate-polyols will be converted into polyurethane samples which will be tested with respect to their material properties and competitiveness compared to products already established in the market. In parallel, the new process for the production of polyether polycarbonate-polyols will be compared to established processes for polyether polyol production by means of eco-effectiveness analysis.

Utilizing CO2 as raw material for the production of polymers paves the way to a change from fossil fuels to alternative resources. This allows for a sustainable handling of natural resources also for future generations.

 

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