This project focusses on the development of self-assembling liquid crystalline membranes for separations of organic compounds after upcycling of polyolefins.
The objective of the project is to develop liquid crystalline polymer nanofiltration membranes for the separation of components in non-aqueous environments. Liquid crystalline materials are investigated due to their self-assembling properties leading to well-defined isoporosity with the potential of separations at a molecular level. The focus of the project is on separations of polar/apolar and carboxylic acid/polyolefin mixtures. The final goal is to integrate the developed membrane separation processes with novel chemical routes for upcycling of polyolefins, therefore contributing to the themes of ’closing cycles’ and ’value from waste’.