A dual degree training programme addresses two sides of the same coin
Polyurethanes are among the most versatile plastic materials and are virtually ubiquitous. They are found in products such as the foams of mattresses and couches, in building insulation and in coatings and paints, to name just a few. Conventionally, polyurethanes are produced in a reaction relying on isocyanate molecules and polyols. However, growing evidence supports the potential health hazards of occupational exposure to isocyanates, and polyols are primarily derived from fossil fuels. The EU-funded NIPU project is tackling this two-pronged challenge by providing training to bright minds, leading to double doctoral degrees in two different countries. Stimulating the development of sustainable and safe non-isocyanate polyurethanes will ensure the booming polyurethane industry and the sectors it serves keep moving full steam ahead.
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