Mg.chem. Edgars Vanags

Education

2016 - Master of science in chemistry (Mg.chem.), chemistry; University of Latvia, Faculty of Chemistry

Research Interests and Expertise

Development of polyols from renewable and recycled resources, such as, rapeseed oil, tall oil and recycled PET scrapes, etc., using a variety of methods to convert functional groups present in feedstock into polyols. The analysis of the physical and chemical characteristics of the raw materials and resulting polyols by various titrimetric and instrumental methods. Development of polyurethane materials from the synthesized biopolyols.

Significant Projects

2018-2021 - M-ERA.Net 2 - Development of Biobased Cryogenic Insulation Modified with Nanocrystalline Cellulose (Bio4Cryo) (Nr.1.1.1.5/ERANET/18/03), research assistant

2018-2020 - LCS FARP - Forest industry by-product transformation into valueable bio-polyols using advanced heteregeneous phase biocatalyst and characterization of the process kinetics (FORinPOL) (Nr. Izp-2018/2-0020), research assistant

2017-2019 - ERDF - Rigid polyurethane/polyisocyanurate foam thermal insulation material reinforced with nano/micro size cellulose (Nr. 1.1.1.1/16/A/031), research assistant

Significant Publications

  1. 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).
  2. Vanags, E., Kirpļuks, M., Cābulis, U., Walterova, Z. Highly Functional Polyol Synthesis from Epoxidized Tall Oil Fatty acids. - Journal of Renewable Materials, 2018, 6, 7, 764-771 (Doi: 10.7569/JRM.2018.634111).