It is apparent that the increasing societal requirement demands materials that are sustainable and environmental friendly. This requirement of today, and future, is to be addressed at different scales from retrieving of the monomer, to its conversion into a product and reuse of the same product at the end of its lifetime with added value.
In this presentation, I will address this challenge by showing a route to develop the high performance materials that brings the commodity plastic into a domain of engineering polymer while using the easily accessible monomers such as ethylene, propylene, carbon mono-oxide, methyl pentene-1, etc. These polymers on their own are easy to process and hold the potential of opening the new horizon in terms of mechanical and physical properties. Retrospectively, providing solutions for recyclable reinforced thermoplastic composites meeting the requirements in the sector of oil & gas transportation, health, body and vehicle armor protection, automotive, packaging etc. The polymers when mixed with the commodity plastic enhances the mechanical response of the blended polymeric material with the potential of replacing, difficult to recycle, composites made from two or more thermosets and thermoplastics.
Since 1st Oct 2020, Sanjay Rastogi is a full professor at KAUST. Prior to joining KAUST he was a professor at Maastricht University, and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He holds more than 25 years of experience working with chemical industry while maintaining his base in the academia. For a period of 7 years he has been a Global Technology leader of Teijin while based in the Netherlands, and has transferred fundamental knowledge developed in his lab to the commercial development of the strongest man-made tape sold under the brand name of Endumax. He has been a recipient of Max-Planck Society fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Polymers in Mainz, and a recipient of Outstanding Scientist position at Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR), India while affiliated with the National Chemical Lab in Pune. He holds Executive MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of Management, financially supported by Teijin.
Following the chain-of-knowledge approach in Polymer Science and Technology, Sanjay is engaged in setting a lab at KAUST dedicated on polymer synthesis, physics, rheology, processing including additive manufacturing, and mechanical properties. He is also involved in setting a syllabus for teaching the students and industrial partners along these lines.