The Independent Research Fund, Natural Sciences, has granted 6,2 mio. DKK to Professor Esben Thormann, DTU Chemistry.

Wednesday 08 May 24


Esben Thormann
DTU Chemistry
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We are proud to announce that Professor Esben Thormann, from DTU Chemistry, has been granted 6.2 million DKK from the Independent Research Fund Denmark, Natural Sciences, in support of the study of ion pairing in aqueous polyelectrolyte systems.

The research project aims at understanding ion pairing in hydrated polyelectrolyte (PE) systems, which are crucial for the use of PES in applications like energy storage and healthcare. The traditional classifications of PEs as being 'weak' or 'strong' are being challenged due to counterion-specific ion pairing effects.

The objectives of the project include determining ion pairing equilibrium constants, synthesizing polyelectrolytes with varied ion pairing potentials, and developing a theoretical model. The methodology involves synthesizing monomers and polyelectrolytes, studying ion pairing through conductivity, NMR and Raman spectroscopy, and developing a site binding model.

Results of the research could lead to tailored polyelectrolytes for energy storage, healthcare materials, and coatings, advancing various industrial and technological applications.

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