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Look around at the items in the room that you’re sitting in. The doors, the furniture, the walls… there are some nice colors on them, right? The colors you see may not be from the items themselves, but the coatings. Coatings do not only bring some colors to your home, but also provide a layer of protection on the object. One of the main components of coatings is polyester. For chemists, there are several ways to make esters. But for industry, complicated reactions are not ideal. The current industrial method usually requires high energy and there are some side reactions that could defect the property of coatings. Therefore, I’m developing efficient catalytic reactions to reach the final products. In addition, the developed catalyst should be ecofriendly. This way industries can make coatings more sustainable and you can have decent products to color your home.

A SUSTAINABLE COATING
HUNG CHIEN LINPROFILE
University of Groningen

Coatings do not only bring some colors to your home, but also provide a layer of protection on the object. Hung Chien Lin is working on a sustainable and low-energy method of making them. He talks about it in one minute.

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