What kind of award is this?
−I got the Society of Plastic Engineers ACCE Scholarship in the USA. This is a scholarship sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in the USA to two junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing studies in polymer science, composites, plastics, or a related engineering discipline. The scholarship is on USD 2.000. I will also be invited to present my future research on the next years SPE ACCE conference.
What is your contribution about to receive it?
−It is on the development of novel biobased thermoset resins, which can be used in composites. The resins are based on lactic acid, which is an abundant biobased raw material, which is converted to a reactive resin. The resin is then combined with cellulose fiber reinforcements and will be used to produce composites that are biodegradable, environmentally friendly, lighter and more flexible than steel. This can be used in the automotive industries to fulfill the goal of reduction of mass to improve fuel efficiency.
What do you think of the award?
−I am very happy to receive this award, not for the monetary aspect, but for being given the privilege to contribute to the world for sustainability and the environmental protection. I am also glad that this will give University of Boras and the SPE more avenue to collaborate more on achieving 100 percent biobased composites for production.
Fatimat Bakare will attend the SPE ACCE conference on the 9th-11th of September in Detroit, USA, when she also will give an oral presentation on "Morphological and mechanical properties of a biobased composite from a lactic-acid based thermoset resin and viscose fiber reinforcement".
Mid-term seminar at the University of Borås
Fatimat Bakare will also present her research on a mid-term seminar on polymer technology at the University of Boras on Monday, the 25th of August. The research is supervised by Professor Mikael Skrifvars and Dr. Dan Åkesson. See calendar.
SPE ACCE: The Automotive & Composites Divisions of the Society of Plastics Engineers International (SPE) has since 2001 organize the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition (ACCE). The conference has around 900 delegates working with the development of composites for automotive and transport applications.
Text: Solveig Klug
Photo: Henrik Bengtsson