After her Bachelor of Engineering in Plastics Technology in India, Neha Yadav completed her Master of Science in Polymer Technology in Germany in 2019. She discovered her love for sustainability at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in the "Technical Properties of Polymers" department. Following her passion for sustainable solutions in polymers, she completed a project in the "Biopolymers" department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymers (IAP) as part of her master's thesis. Herein, she developed a bio-based flame-retardant material for use in biopolymers from material synthesis and characterization to mass production.
After completing her master's degree, Neha worked in the University of Hamburg, where she developed the curriculum for the “Introduction to Polymers” module for an international M.Sc. Program. Later, at Fraunhofer IAP, she developed 3D printable monomers / oligomers based on green chemistry for biomedical applications, particularly for implants. The current project in accordance with the UN sustainable development goals "PLA² farming - Additively manufactured PLA continuous fiber reinforced PLA composites for rural farming" in Prof. Dr. Christina Völlmecke's SVFS group from Faculty V is a part of the TU Berlin call for Pro Sustainability project.
As evident from her choices of research topics, Neha’s biggest passion is to advance the sustainability of polymer materials to the consumer market through focus on bio-polymers.
Her research-interests include development of sustainable materials and processes, recycling, and bridging the gap between laboratory science and application.