The project implemented by Merve Senem Seven, a post-doctoral researcher at Sabancı University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, qualifies for support within the framework of the TÜBİTAK 1505 University-Industry Collaboration Support Program.
Merve Senem Seven's project is entitled “Use of Waste Cellulose as Incombustibility Agent in Plastics through Upcycling Method”. The project aims to include waste cellulose in additives and chemicals used in plastic parts in white goods as flame retardants (FR) to present an environment-friendly and original alternative in a high-value added field.
The project will last 2 years, and Ceren Kovancı from Arçelik company takes part in the project as the project officer.
Talking about the importance of the project and giving further details, Seven said, “Through the use of bio-based incombustible materials developed with cellulose additives for the first time in white goods, the approach to FR additives will change completely, and it will be proven that it is possible to develop flame retarding performance which can be developed without causing any destruction to the ecosystem. I believe the project will introduce an innovative and more environmentally friendly approach to replace incombustibility agents, which are hazardous chemicals that are very commonly used in the industry.”