I am Nejib KASMI, a young polymer chemist, currently working as Research Scientist at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in Berlin, Germany. Before joining the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, I recently worked as Junior Research & Technology Associate at Department of Materials Research and Technology (MRT) at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg (LINK). Prior to that, I undertook Postdoctoral Research in Polymer Chemistry within Bikiaris’s Group at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I have also worked as research assistant at Padova University, Italy. My research mainly focuses on the Design, Synthesis, and Study of new fully biobased (Furanoate) (Co)polyesters, polyester blends, and also isocyanate-free polyurethanes from renewable resources-derived monomers (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid, Isosorbide, vanillic acid, caprolactone, etc). These activities have been the subject of 23 published papers in good peer reviewed journals (Biomacromolecules, Polymer Degradation and Stability, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, Green Chemistry, European Polymer Journal, Polymers, Polymer Chemistry, etc). In March 2018, I achieved my PhD in Polymer Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dimitrios Bikiaris from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The title of my PhD dissertation title is “Valorisation of Isosorbide: Synthesis of new functional polymers”. In Nov. 2013, I obtained my Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry (Major: Synthesis and Reactivity in organic chemistry) from the University of Monastir, Tunisia. The title of my Master Thesis is “Synthesis and characterization of new functional structures based on isosorbide”
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Job-related Skills and Expertise
Deep knowledge of Design, Synthesis, and Study of fully biobased polymers, mainly polyesters and copolyesters
Excellent command of several synthesis techniques of Polyesters: Melt Polycondensation, Solid state Polycondensation, Polymer Blending, In Situ polymerization, Ring-Opening Polymerization, etc.
Sustainable Furan-based polyesters, copolyesters, polyester Blends, and Isocyanate-free polyurethane
Investigation of crystallization and melting behavior of polymers
Microwave-assisted organic synthesis
Effective supervision skills (acquired through my experience as co-supervisor of MSc and PhD students)
Bioplastics, Biobased Polymers, polyester, renewable resources, copolyesters, 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid, Melt polycondensation, Isosorbide, FDCA, biobased, Isocyanate-free polyurethane, poly(ethylene furanoate), crystallization behavior, Polyester Blends, reactive blending, solid-state polycondensation, biodegradability, structure-property relationship, thermal properties, catalysts, Ring opening polymerization, Vanillic acid, etc.