Unfortunately, #COVD-19 has had an impact on GREEN-MAP secondment plans. The health and safety of our personnel and the global community is paramount, thus with some travel suspended, so are our secondments, and finally the project. The exception is that of PhD student, MSc Mozyc (ZUT) and Prof. Kowalczuk (CPCM, PAN), who already started their secondments to Croda and to our American partner, FABE OSU in March 2020. Despite restrictions in lab activity, our Consortium is still active, focusing on literature, data analysis, and remote/virtual collaboration.
Some of our secondments are continuing, some of them are suspended
Further, our Consortium partners had presentations as part of American Chemical Society #SciMeetings virtual ACS Philadelphia (Spring 2020):
Prof. Puskas (FABE OSU): "Synthesis and characterization of crosslinked electrospun fiber mats from allyl-functionalized polysuccinimide"
Prof. Kowalczuk (CPCM, PAN): "Forensic engineering of advanced polymeric biomaterials”
Martyna Mozyc at Croda
NMR and mass spectrometry facility used by Prof. Kowalczuk in OSU
This second week of February, 2020 marked the start of the first GREEN-MAP secondment—the first of over 200 PMs! Our project coordinator, Prof. Mirosława El Fray (Dept. of Polymer and Biomaterials Science, ZUT) leads the way. She is in Gouda, Netherlands, scouting green, biobased monomers and discussing potential polyester synthesis options and capabilities with Dr. Angela Smits and her team at Croda Smart Materials.
First secondment has started!
Visiting Croda's site in Gouda, with Dr. Wouter Vogel
The kick-off meeting has been organized at Polish Academy of Science Station in Vienna on January 9-10, 2020 thus officially launching the "GREEN-MAP" project. In total, 23 ESRs and ERs from all 9 consortium members have been actively participating the meeting. Two days discussion allowed to present the research profile and core expertise of academic and industrial partners.