ROBOX has been developing novel polymers that can be made to produce new bioplastics that can replace polythene in many applications.
Biopolymers – lots of advantages but hardly ever used
In order to protect mankind and nature and to prevent further damage to the environment, new biopolymers from renewable resources such as plant extracts are being developed. However, although they are sustainable, eco-friendly and have other special beneficial qualities, commonly their crystalline structure prevents efficient processing – this is the main reason why the earlier bioploymers have hardly been used by the industry so far.
Project ROBOX – Biopolymers with better qualities
In the framework of the EU-funded project ROBOX, an international team of researchers has developed a promising approach for replacing the plastic LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene – with a plant-based w–PDL. A paper published in “Polymer Chemistry” shows that the directed application of plant-based co-monomers such as δ-undecalactone (δ-UDL) can considerably enhance solubility and processability of the produced co-polymer.