Tsinghua University (Beijing), which is the no 1 university of China, will become partner in the Bio-Inspired Polymers programme as of 1 Augustus 2013. The research within the collaboration will focus on a novel approach in the biological synthesis of high-value functional polymers.
Joining forces in material science and biotechnology
Researchers of Tsinghua University and DPI-partner Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will work together to develop a new class of high-value functional bio-polymers. The project focuses on the synthesis of new polymers with multi-functional properties, establishing their structure-property relationship and scaling up the production process. Tsinghua University focuses on the synthesis of these bio-polymers and the material properties will be evaluated by the TU/e. In total, twelve researchers will be involved in the research.
Tsinghua University is the second Chinese academic partner of DPI. The partnership with the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) started earlier this year. The Chinese government financially supports these collaborations with DPI as it is constantly looking for valuable collaborations with European partners.
Jacques Joosten, Managing Director of DPI: "We are very happy to be seen as a valuable partner by the Chinese government and Tsinghua University. DPI is actively looking for collaborations within China and we are therefore very pleased with having several top level academic and industrial partners in China. These collaborations also give us the opportunity to exchange talent and knowledge between China and Europe. We are constantly strengthening our position as an International Centre of Excellence in Polymers."
Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name ‘Tsinghua Xuetang'. The university section was founded in 1925. The name ‘National Tsinghua University' was adopted in 1928. The faculty greatly valued the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures, the sciences and humanities, the ancient and modern.
Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has now over 25,900 students. As one of China's most renowned universities, Tsinghua University has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.