Within the scope of a project initiated at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (ÇOMÜ), it is aimed to produce the screens of devices such as televisions, mobile phones and monitors from self-cleaning, water and oil-proof, non-polluting materials.
Project coordinator ÇOMÜ Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Member Assist. Assoc. Dr. Mehmet Yıldırım, in a statement to the AA correspondent, said that in the study, the Director of the Central Laboratory Prof. Dr. İsmet Kaya and Faculty of Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering Asst. Assoc. Dr. He said that Uğur Cengiz and two graduate students were also involved.
Yıldırım explained that materials made of polymers (high molecular weight compounds formed by chemical bonds with many molecules) are used effectively in various fields around the world.
Stating that natural polymers such as protein, cellulose and starch meet the needs in some industrial areas, Yıldırım explained that it has become a necessity to introduce new types of polymeric materials prepared in the laboratory environment in line with the developing technology.
Yıldırım noted that organic polymers are used in coating materials in the automotive industry and polyesters are used in the production of new types of fibers in the textile industry.
The project will take two years
Pointing out that one of the most important studies on polymeric materials in recent years is "electrochromic polymers" that can change color under electrical potential, Yıldırım said:
“Today, in addition to commonly used display devices such as televisions, mobile phones and monitors, inorganic materials that can change color under electrical potential are preferred in smart glass systems. The advantages of organic polymeric materials such as being much lower cost and flexible compared to inorganic materials, and ease of processing make the practical application of polymers in this field important. One of the most important problems likely to be encountered in practical application is the wear and contamination of these materials, which are exposed to external influences. In our project, which is supported and financed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), it is planned to prepare self-cleaning, water and oil-proof, non-polluting materials in a laboratory environment and thus to produce surface materials with high strength and color change in the technology of the future.
Yıldırım added that with the project, which is expected to last for two years, various structural changes will be made in some electrochromic polymers that have been applied in scientific studies before, and surfaces that are resistant to abrasion and pollution will be obtained.