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LGP2 - Ph.D. thesis defended in 2020

Esakkiammal Sudha ESAKKIMUTHU

30 January 2020 - Materials, Mechanical, Civil Engineering, Electrochemistry
Ph.D. title
Study of new chemical derivatization techniques for lignin size exclusion chromatography characterization.
Supervision
Gérard MORTHA, Professor, Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2 ♦♦ Nathalie MARLIN, Associate Professor HDR, Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2
Abstract
Lignin is the second most abundant biopolymer on earth after cellulose and it consists of highly-branched, three dimensional aromatic structures with variety of functional groups.
This research work was to establish lignin derivatization methods for lignin analysis, to quantify functional groups and to determine lignin molar mass distribution (MMD) by size exclusion chromatography. Five technical lignin samples are considered: Protobind 1000, Organosolv, Pine Kraft, Eucalyptus Kraft and Indulin. They are derivatized through classical acetylation method and new methods such as fluorobenzylation and fluorobenzoylation. The number of hydroxyl present in the lignin samples are quantified through GC and NMR (1H, 13C, 19F and 31P) techniques. The molar mass distribution of derivatized lignin samples are calculated using different SEC columns with different solvents (DMAc and THF). Conventional and universal calibration methods are used for MMD calculations.
With this approach, new derivatization methods significantly enhance lignin solubility in THF and improve chromatographic results. Universal calibration leads to about three times higher molar mass values than by conventional calibration.
Other members of the jury
Nicolas BROSSE, Professor, Université de Lorraine ♦♦ Christophe GEANTET, CNRS Research Director, Université Lyon 1 ♦♦ Sami HALILA, CNRS Researcher, Université Grenoble Alpes ♦♦ Marie-Christine BROCHIER-SALON, Research Engineer, Grenoble INP ♦♦ Dominique LACHENAL, Emeritus Professor, Grenoble INP

Camille THIBAUT

8 january 2020 - Fluid Mechanics, Energy, Processes
Ph.D. title
Development of fibrous cellulosic materials for the production of bio-based  3D printed objects by extrusion.
Supervision
Didier CHAUSSY, Professor, Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2 ♦♦ Aurore DENNEULIN, Associate Professor, Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2 ♦♦ Davide BENEVENTI, CNRS Research Director, Grenoble INP-Pagora / LGP2 ♦♦ Sabine ROLLAND DU ROSCOAT, Associate Professor, Université Grenoble Alpes / 3SR
Abstract
First, this project has evaluated the compatibility of aqueous and high solid content formulations with AM by extrusion. Formulations composed of micrometric organics fillers (cellulose fibers or powder) and cellulose derivatives (carboxymethyl cellulose) were investigated and results in a selection of homogeneous pastes with strong potential for AM by extrusion and limited deformation of the printed part upon air drying.
The second stage of this project focused on adjustment and optimization of AM by extrusion equipment and the related settings to guarantee an optimum shape accuracy of 3D printed parts compared to the 3D numerical model. A printing setting guideline and design limitations adapted to the developed paste were suggested. To characterize the printing parts, different innovative methods such as the temporal monitoring by X-ray tomography of a printed part upon drying were implemented.
The results of this project lead to the AM by extrusion of complex part 100% cellulose based with mechanical properties close to thermoplastic materials commonly used with fused filament fabrication process.
Other members of the jury
Roberta BONGIOVANNI, Professor, Politecnico di Torino, Italy ♦♦ Pierre DUMONT, Professor, INSA Lyon ♦♦ Gilberto DE FREITAS SIQUEIRA, Researcher, Empa, Switzerland ♦♦ Laurent ORGÉAS, CNRS Research Director, Université Grenoble Alpes / 3SR

Date of update February 20, 2020

Université Grenoble Alpes