U.T. Sundararaj, Professor in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, a German award given to highly qualified, foreign scientists and scholars for a long-term research stay in Germany. The most important criteria for the award are the applicant’s international publications to date and the quality of the collaborative research proposal with the German host research institute.
Sundararaj will be performing research on fundamentals of twin-screw extrusion processes from March until December 2006 with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Potente, Head of the Institut fuer Kunststofftechnik (KTP) at the University of Paderborn, Germany. The twin-screw extruder in the main processing machine used in the polymer industry to create new materials via blending, and is also used extensively for devolatilization, compounding and finishing. Sundararaj will be working closely with three doctorate students in Potente’s research group, Dipl-Ing. Anne Thaemen, Dipl-Ing. Thomas Preuss and Dipl-Ing. Katharina Timmermann.
Current research on twin-screw extrusion of polymer blends and nanocomposites at the University of Alberta perfectly complements the research on simulation of plastics manufacturing processes and the development and optimization of these processes at the University of Paderborn.
Dr. U.T. Sundararaj,
Professor in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta