On Thursday, June 18th, 2020, Mrs. Priyanka Sekar has successfully defended her PDEng thesis on the topic: `Design of a bio-based filler for reinforcement of elastomers`.
A growing emphasis on managing the global environmental concerns like increased energy demands and emissions drives tire manufacturers to strive towards sustainable development. Recent scientific studies spotlight the use of renewable alternatives as one of the emerging strategies that can encompass both tire performance and sustainability. The objective of this thesis is to design a green elastomeric compounds for tire tread application using renewable HydroThermally Carbonized ( HTC) lignin as a reinforcing filler. The envisaged goal is to tailormade HTC lignin in such a way that improves the in-rubber properties and tire tread performance in comparison to the conventional fillers (carbon black and silica).