Chitin fluid: Chitin as a resource for multifunctional materials via water-based complex fluids

Focus topic: STEM
Type of funding: Project funding programmes
Programme: CZS Perspectives
Funded institution:
  • Universität Stuttgart

Among other things, chitin is the main component of the exoskeleton of spiders. Research is being conducted into chitin-based materials that can be chemically modified to make them fireproof, mold-resistant, robust and - unlike synthetic polymers - compostable.

Goals

The biopolymer chitin is the main component of the exoskeleton of insects, spiders and crustaceans. Despite its promising mechanical and optical features, the technical use of chitin as a material is still in its infancy. Chitin-based materials can become fire-resistant through chemical modification, are mold-resistant, mechanically very robust and, unlike synthetic polymers, compostable. The goal of the project is to develop water-based processing of chitin and its derived materials into smart materials. Since the construction sector accounts for more than 35% of global final energy consumption and nearly 45% of global resource consumption, the use for specialty applications in this sector is being investigated.

Involved persons:

Dr. Karla Hillerich

Program Manager

Phone: +49 (0) 711 162 213 – 21

E-mail: karla.hillerich@carl-zeiss-stiftung.de

Prof. Dr. Sabine Laschat

Universität Stuttgart

Detailed information:

Focus topic: STEM
Programme: CZS Perspectives
Type of funding: Project funding programmes
Target group: Professors
Funding budget: 1.984.700 €
Period of time: January 2021 - December 2025

Funded institution:

Universität Stuttgart
Universität Stuttgart