Vier teams geselecteerd in de Topsector Chemie Studentencompetitie

Samen met NWO Chemische Wetenschappen organiseert de Topsector Chemie een studentencompetitie onder chemiestudenten. Teams van Masterstudenten konden voorstellen indienen om een korte onderzoeksstage te doen met als doel een creatieve oplossing te vinden voor een maatschappelijke of industriële uitdaging.

Vier teams zijn op basis van hun onderzoeksvoorstel geselecteerd om deze zomer hun voorgestelde project uit te voeren. Het winnende team in de Studentencompetitie zal tijdens CHAINS 2014 worden bekendgemaakt.

Geselecteerde projecten
Team Chemistry Drives Life (CDL):
Sandra Wiegman, Casper de Boer and Maurits Brandt met Supervisors Prof Marc Koper (Leiden University) and Dr Dirk Heering (Leiden University)

Carbon dioxide reduction on gold-enzyme electrode: Biofuels are important to store energy. The development of a reversed fuel cell will be explored to convert carbon dioxide into methanol, a sustainable biofuel. This fuel cell will be using an immobilized enzyme triad on a gold electrode to reduce carbon dioxide to methanol, where the required NADH gets recovered using a fourth enzyme. A hydrogel will be used to retain the enzymes and cofactor.

Team Nanosled:
Konstantin Balinin, Dmytro Bederak, Nataliia Sukharevska met Supervisors: Prof Andreas Herrmann (RUG), Prof Antoine M. van Oijen (RUG) With support from Altona Diagnostics GmbH

Speeding up biomolecular processes by a molecular sled: The short peptide of adenovirus that is called pVIc has the remarkable ability to slide over DNA. Here, we exploit this property to target chemotherapeutic agents to DNA and improve drug action. Secondly, we attach fluorescent dyes to the molecular sled to visualize DNA inside and outside of cells.

Team Pulp Fraction:
Ryan Bogaars, Lizah van der Aart and Blair Berger met Supervisors: Prof Geert-Jan Witkamp (TU Delft) and Prof Johan Memelink (Leiden University)

Green extraction of value added products from commercial Orange peel waste by Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents (NADES): A novel method is proposed to extract natural products from orange residue, reducing the ecological footprint of the juice industry. New natural solvents (NADES) will be used in a two-step process with supercritical fluid extraction. The obtained extracts will be analyzed for their flavonoids, pectin and essential oil content.

Team Smart Starch:
Jingyan Zhang, and Suryanarayan Venkataraman met Supervisors: Prof Henk Schols (WUR) and Prof Karin Schroen (WUR) With support from Dr Ted Slaghek (TNO)

New renewable starch based emulsifier/ demulsifier for paints: Water-soluble Epoxy Starch (WES) as emulsifier/demulsifier can replace organic solvent in paints to make the products greener, healthier and with lower cost. A Method for producing WES with degree of substitution 0.3-0.7 will be explored, as well as a new approach which is more productive and energy saving.

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