I am currently working with organic and hybrid coatings on polymeric substrates, with an emphasis on ‘green’ and renewable materials. My broader interests lie in the processing and characterization of polymer matrices and their composites with improved performance. During PhD, I investigated components from trees as a potential reinforcement for thermoplastic and thermoset matrices. Trees not only offer a green and renewable raw material source, but their intrinsic hierarchical structure is a motivation for materials design. During the projects, cellulose fibres at different scales - micron scale pulp fibres as well as nano scale crystals (CNC) and fibrils (CNF), were isolated and used. Novel processing strategies were used to reduce nanocomposite preparation time and at the same time allow for incorporation of large amounts of nanoparticles with minimal agglomeration. Special emphasis was put on establishing structure-property relationships through detailed characterization of the structure at different length scales. A clear understanding of the underlying phenomenon at molecular and nano scale enabled the design of durable materials with synergetic properties. A detailed summary of the doctorate projects could be found here.