Biobased plastics for a circular economy
Priyanka Main is an Early Stage Researcher for C-PlaNeT, working on the ESR1 project ‘Biobased plastics for a circular economy’, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Thomas Lucyshyn, Chair of Polymer Processing, Department of Polymer Engineering and Science at Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria.
Her research focus is generally on the mechanical recycling of biopolymers. The objective of her research is to investigate the suitability of biobased plastics, with focus on polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) in food packaging applications, for mechanical recycling instead of landfill or composting.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science and Engineering, from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala in 2014. She also holds a Master’s degree in Polymer Science and Technology, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD). In collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi she performed a detailed study on biodegradable and biocompatible nanocomposites for her master thesis entitled ‘Studies on the Intermolecular Complexation between Pectin and Gelatin A and the Effect of SDS on Gelatin A-Laponite nanocomposite’. Before joining C-PlaNeT, she served as the Assistant Scientific Officer (Lab) at the F&F Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore.
She enjoys reading, exploring new places and is often seen looking up historical facts about these places.