2015 - Master of Natural sciences in chemistry (Mg.chem.), chemistry; Riga Technical University, Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry, Institute of Polymer Materials
Scientific interests and competence
Polyurethane development from renewable raw materials. Analysis of synthesis raw materials (characterization of tall oil, linseed oil, and rapeseed oil - acid value, the degree of unsaturation, amount of resin acids, fatty acids and unsaponifiable part). Epoxidation, kinetics, and analysis of tall oil, linseed oil and rapeseed oil. Synthesis of biopolyols, analysis and determination of the optimal synthesis conditions (type of catalyst, concentration, time and temperature of synthesis). Biopolyol analysis (hydroxyl number, acid number, iodine number, epoxy number, peroxide number, viscosity, moisture content, density, color). Production and characterization of rigid polyurethane/polyisocyanurate foams and different composite materials.
The most important projects
2017-2019 - ERDF - Rigid polyurethane/polyisocyanurate foam thermal insulation material reinforced with nano/micro size cellulose (Nr. 18.104.22.168/16/A/031), research assistant
2012-2016 - 7th Framework Programme - The Electric Vehicle revOLUTION enabled by advanced materials highly hybridized into lightweight components for easy integration and dismantling providing a reduced life cycle cost logic (EVOLUTION) (Grant Agreement Nr. 314744), research assistant
2014-2015 - ERDF - Development of innovative polyols and polyol systems from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flakes and renewable raw materials (Nr.2014/0043/2DP/22.214.171.124.0/14/APIA/VIAA/063), research assistant
The most important publications
Kirpluks, M., Vanags, E., Abolins, A., Fridrihsone, A., Cabulis, U. Chemo-enzymatic oxidation of tall oil fatty acids as a precursor for further polyol production. - Journal of Cleaner Production, 2019, 215, 390–398 (Doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.323).
Yakushin, V., Abolins, A., Vilsone, D., Sevastyanova, I. Polyurethane coatings based on linseed oil phosphate ester polyols with intumescent flame retardants. - Fire and Materials, 2019, 43, 1, 92-100 (Doi: 10.1002/fam.2672).
Ivdre, A., Fridrihsone-Girone, A., Āboliņš, A., Cābulis, U. Effect of different concentration of rapeseed oil and recycled poly (ethylene terephthalate) in polyols for rigid polyurethane foams. - Journal of Cellular Plastics, 2018, 54, 2, 161-177 (Doi: 10.1177/0021955X16670585).
Abolins, A., Yakushin, V., Vilsone, D. Properties of Polyurethane Coatings Based on Linseed Oil Phosphate Ester Polyol. - Journal of Renewable Materials, 2018, 6, 7, 737-745 (Doi: 10.32604/JRM.2018.00119).