Mg.sc.ing. Miķelis Kirpļuks

Education

2012 - up till now - PhD studies, chemical engineering; Riga Technical University, Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry, Institute of Polymer Materials

2012 - Master of engineering sciences in chemical engineering (Mg.sc.ing.), chemical engineering; Riga Technical University, Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry, Institute of Polymer Materials

Research Interests and Expertise

Expertise in development of high efficiency rigid polyurethane foam thermal insulation from sustainable raw materials, like vegetable oils, tall oil and recycled PET. Experiment design, material testing, result analysis and data interpretation. Funding attraction.

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), researcher

2018-2020 - 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), researcher

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

2014-2015 - ERDF - Development of innovative polyols and polyol systems from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flakes and renewable raw materials (Nr.2014/0043/2DP/2.1.1.1.0/14/APIA/VIAA/063), research assistant

2012-2016 - 7th Framework Programme - The Electric Vehicle revOLUITON 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

2008-2012 - 7th Framework Programme - Forest Resource Sustainability through Bio-Based-Composite Development (The FORBIOPLAST) (Grant agreement ID: 212239), laboratory assistant

Additional Information

2018 – “Top Achievements in Science” in Latvia in 2017. Applied science category with “Wide range of thermal insulation materials from renewable and recycled raw materials” by Dr, U.Stirna, Dr. U.Cabulis, Dr. V.Yakushin, Mg.sc.ing. M.Kirpluks, Mg.sc.ing. A.Fridrihsone, Latvian Academy of Sciences.

2017 - Polymer Processing Society Young Researcher Travel Award for 2017 - PPS-33 conference Cancun, Mexico.

2015 - Travel grant award for BASF Summer Courses for young researchers

2014 - International Conference on Bio-based Polymers and Composites (BiPoCo-2012) award for the Best poster presentation I place with poster "Thermal and Mechanical Properties of High Density Rigid Polyurethane Foams Obtained from Renewable/Recyclable Resources"

2012 – The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) young researcher forum “WSED NEXT!” with paper “Renewable resources as raw materials for high efficient, energy saving thermal insulation” invited speakers for „WSED 2012”

2011 - Acknowledgment of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia for a contribution of supervision of the high school student scientific work which resulted in an award at 23rd EU young researcher competition in Helsinki, Finland.

2009 - International Conference Baltic Polymer Symposium award for the Best Poster Award with poster "Influence of resin acid content in tall oil esters on thermal characteristics and flammability of polyurethane foams"

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. Kirpluks, M., Kalnbunde, D., Benes, H., Cabulis, U. Natural oil based highly functional polyols as feedstock for rigid polyurethane foam thermal insulation. - Industrial Crops  and Products, 2018, 122, 627–636 (Doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.06.040). 
  3. Kirpluks, M., Stiebra, L., Trubaca-Boginska, A., Cabulis, U., Andersons, J. Rigid Closed-Cell PUR Foams Containing Polyols Derived from Renewable Resources: The Effect of Polymer Composition, Foam Density, and Organoclay Filler on their Mechanical Properties. - Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Volume 2, Design and Manufacturing, 640 pages, Publisher: Wiley, March, 2017 (ISBN: 978-1-119-22365-8). 
  4. Kirpluks, M., Cabulis, U., Ivdre, A., Kuranska, M., Zieleniewska, M., Auguscik, M. Mechanical and thermal properties of high-density rigid polyurethane foams from renewable resources. - Journal of Renewable Materials, 2016, 4, 1, 86–100 (Doi:10.7569/JRM.2015.634132).
  5. Kirpluks, M., Cabulis, U., Zeltins, V., Stiebra, L., Avots, A. Rigid Polyurethane Foam Thermal Insulation Protected With Mineral Intumescent Mat. - AUTEX Research Journal, 2014, 14, 4, 259-269 (Doi:10.2478/aut-2014-0026).