General background: 

Biocarbon, also commonly known as Biochar, is a high-carbon, fine-grained solid that is produced through pyrolysis processes and currently mainly used for energy. Recently biocarbon has also gained attention for its potential value in industrial applications such as composites. Addition of biocarbon in the polymer is likely to increase the mechanical properties and decrease hydrophilic nature of a polymer. Using biocarbon in polymer composites is also interesting because of its relatively low specific weight that will result to lighter composite materials. 

In this project the SME Rodenburg Biopolymers, Charcotec, and Nettenergy will collaborate with Avans/CoE BBE in a study on preparation and characterization of biocarbon/biopolymer biocomposite. 

Vacature Preparation and characterization of biocarbon/biopolymer compositesGoal of internship: 

Preparation and characterization of biocarbon/biopolymer compos 


The Project involves: 

1. Biocarbon modification 

2. Preparation of biocarbon/biopolymer composites. 

3. Investigate the effect of biocarbon modification on the mechanical properties of the composites (tensile, flexural, impact tests); 

4. Investigate the effect of biocarbon modification on the morphology (SEM) and the hydrophilic nature of the composites (contact angle measurements). 

5. Investigate the effect of biocarbon modification on the thermal properties of the composites (TGA, DSC).

Starting date 

September 2021. The length of the assignment is 5 months. The student who will execute the assignment gets a fee of €350,- per month. 

The intern will be part of a research team lead by the adviser and supervised by Qian Zhou, Dennis Molendijk. The working language can be Dutch and English. 

Desirable skills/qualities of the student 

The student should be able to carry out independent laboratory research. The interest in biocomposite is a pre. 



Contact person concerning this assignment : Qian Zhou 

Phone : +316 10224446 

E-mail : 

Visiting address : Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy 

Street / number, areal code and place : Lovendijkstraat 63, Breda 

Postal address : 4800 RA 


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