Design and Applications of Hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents
PhD researcher Danny van Osch who carried out his research into Hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) as a part of the PROVIDES project has presented his final results and thesis or publication. We congratulate Dr. van Osch on this achievement. Read his full thesis and results here.
“During my PhD I worked on sustainable solvents for the recycling of paper. Challenges that still exist in the paper industry are the removal of inks and stickies from paper with environmentally more friendly solvents in combination with a reduction of carbon footprint and energy usage. To achieve these goals we worked on the design of hydrophobic deep eutectic solvents (DESs). DESs are the combination of two solid components which upon mixing form a liquid phase. By smart design these DESs can have specific characteristics such as sustainable and a low volatility. DESs were first presented in 2003, while a hydrophobic variant was presented for the first time by us in 2015. After their discovery we tested them for different applications with model components, including the removal of fatty acids and metal ions from water. Recently, we also worked on the next generation of hydrophobic DESs, which were composed of natural components. Finally, also oil-in-water emulsions were prepared with hydrophobic DESs based on natural components”