Ulrich GieseUlrich received his PhD in chemistry in 1988 and started working in rubber research at the German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK) in 1989. He is currently managing director of the DIK eV and of the DIK testing laboratory. Since 2010, Dr Giese has been a full professor at the Leibniz University of Hannover in polymer-/analytical chemistry. Since 2013 he has been editor of the international rubber journal KGK. Achievements include more than 145 publications and 180 lectures; acting as supervisor for more than 45 PhD theses; and winning the Best Paper Award IRC, 2014, Harries Medal DKG, 2018 and ACS - Georg Stafford Withby Award, 2019.
Poylsaccharide rubber composites - preparation and properties
Polysaccharides like nanofilibrated cellulose (NFC) or engineered polysaccharide systems modified by enzymatic reactions are renewable materials with a high potential as active fillers for elastomers. Advantages are low density for saving weight and high strength in combination with high specific surfaces. NFC-characterized polysacharide basing fillers are used for their specific surface, particle size and chemical structure. The problem of incorporating polar polysaccharide basing fillers, containing more or less water as raw material, into the rubber matrix can be solved using latex compounding, pretreatment of the fillers and optimized coagulation strategy. The resulting nanocomposites are characterized by properties.