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Pilar Bernal Ortega University of Twente

Pilar Bernal Ortega

Pilar studied chemical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV, Spain), following this with an MSc in high specialization in plastics and rubber (UIMP, Spain). In 2016, Pilar was awarded a government grant to pursue a PhD in rubber technology in the elastomers group at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP, Spain), with a PhD thesis on sulfur-modified carbon nanotubes for the development of rubber tire tread compounds. Pilar joined the elastomer technology & engineering group as a post-doctoral researcher in December 2019.


Alternative fillers for next-generation rubber composites

The development of fully sustainable rubber compounds is currently one of the main focuses of the tire industry. This can be covered by different approaches such as self-healing or reuse of recycled ground rubber. In this study, the main focus is on achieving a more sustainable rubber compound by substitution of the common fillers with bio-based alternatives. The potential of different fillers of natural origin, such as circular calcium carbonate, will be discussed.