Ron Peters is a science fellow at Covestro. He leads the global competence development of testing, analysis, and physics in Covestro. He is also part-time professor of bioterials analysis at the Faculty of Science (FNWI) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands. His current research activities focus on developing and applying novel strategies using cutting-edge chromatographic technologies—including sample preparation, multi-separation, and detection methods—to understand the molecular structure of complex functional copolymers.
This article discusses innovation around the molecular structure of polymeric materials—an indispensable part of modern society—with a specific focus on sustainability. This field of research, so-called molecular correlative material characterization (MCMC), will enhance the transition into new sustainable functional copolymers.