On May 18, 2020, a working meeting between scientists of KTH-Royal Institute of Technology (KTN - Stockholm, Sweden) and Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics was held in the format of Zoom conference.
The meeting took place within the framework of the project: "Innovative Composite Materials Based on Biopolymers and Mineral Fillers", which was approved by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), allocating funds for its implementation.
The project is aimed at creating ecological composite materials based on biopolymers (cellulose and lignin) of Swedish origin and mineral fillers (chalk and kaolin) of Ukrainian origin.
Project executors took part in the meeting:
KTH-Royal Institute of Technology was presented by:
1. Olena Sevastianova, PhD, Docent of Fibre and Polymer Technology Department;
2. Ievgen Pylypchuk, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow.
Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics was presented by:
1. Taras Karavaiev, Doctor of Engineering, Associate Professor, Professor of Commodity Science and Customs Affairs Department (project coordinator from KNUTE);
2. Bohdan Pasalskyi, Ph.D. (Tech. Sciences), Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Commodity Science, Safety and Quality Management Department;
3. Nadiia Chykun, Senior Lecturer, Commodity
Science, Safety and Quality Management Department.
Implementing the project, prof. T. Karavaiev was informing the participants about the meeting with members of the board of the Ukrainian Paints and Coating Manufacturers Association and representatives of the technical committee for standardization of TC 168 "Varnishes and Paints". He also was informing about the purpose and main objectives of the joint Ukrainian-Swedish project "Innovative Composite Materials Based on Biopolymers and Mineral Fillers". Representatives of industrial enterprises of Ukraine got interested in the information and expressed a desire to join the project.
A number of issues related to the project implementation were discussed during the meeting. The main ones were:
1. Information on the preparatory stage of the Project implementation;
2. Adjustment of the terms of the Project implementation related to the restriction of international mobility due to the measures preventing COVID-19;
3. Writing a research paper on the use of lignin in paintwork materials, in particular water-dispersion paints;
4. Technical parameters of lignin to be used in water-dispersion paints.
The meeting was rather constructive. The results in the form of a protocol will be sent to the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT).