The increased demand for functional materials in the recent years required the utilization of new resources and the adoption of novel efficient approaches. Especially, in order to offer a potential of increased sustainability with more environmentally benign processes and comparatively lower production costs. Therefore, the lecture will highlight the design and discovery of new transformations of both renewable and petroleum-derived feedstocks toward tailor-made functional polymeric materials. Particularly, the versatility of multicomponent reactions along photoinduced processes as a way to innovative polymer materials for a sustainable future will be emphasized. Last but not at least, we aim to address whether our efforts are sufficient to enable a polymer circular economy, and if so, what the hurdles are along the path.
Hatice Mutlu (born in Bulgaria) studied chemistry at Marmara University and Bogaziçi University (Turkey). Subsequently, she obtained her doctoral degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the group of M. A. R. Meier upon spending each consecutive year at University of Applied Sciences in Emden and University of Potsdam. Her doctoral thesis was recognized with the PhD Award of the GDCh Division of Sustainable Chemistry and the Wolff-&-Sohn Prize of KIT. After post-doctoral stays in the groups of J.-F. Lutz (ICS-CNRS, Strasbourg) and C. Barner-Kowollik (KIT), respectively, she worked as a senior researcher and acted as the Deputy Director of the Institute of Biological Interfaces 3 (IBG3) at KIT. In November 2022, she was appointed as Junior Professor Chair (Chaire de Professeur Junior) at the Mulhouse Materials Science Institute (IS2M). In December 2022, she was also offered an Associate Professorship for Chemistry of Circular Economy at the University of Helsinki, which she has declined. She was selected as one of the 2020 Emerging Investigators in Polymer Chemistry by Polymer Chemistry, RSC. She is also a recent member of the International Advisory Board of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Wiley. Her research interests focus on the development of new polymer-forming reactions and conjugation chemistries for the synthesis of sulfur-decorated materials, particularly, in line with the concept of circular chemistry.