New synthesis routes will be explored for the catalytic production of 1,3-dihydroxyacetone and other (branched) polyols for functionalization for end applications or as additives. The aim is to create a renewable platform for branched sugars and polyols and their further up-conversion into higher-value products. Branched polyols will be converted into end products by esterification in view of applications such as lubricants and moisturizers, and will be fully or partially phosphorylated to create green flame retardants. Phosphorilated flame retardants pose a smaller risk on the environment and human health that bromine and chlorine containing alternatives. The flame retardants can be added to polymer matrices as additives to improve the fire resistance or can be incorporated into the polymer matrix by chemically reacting partially phosphorylated polyols with additional functional groups
To investigate the flame retarding properties of the newly synthesized phosphorylated polyols, the decomposition behaviour of the flame retandants, their effect on the degradation kinetics of polymer matrices and their flame retardant properties will be studied and compared to the decomposition behaviour of benchmark flame retardants and their effect on the degradation of the polymer matrices.
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