‘Green’ additives and fillers for environmentally benign biocomposites

Under offer

Applicants with skills/experience in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or material processing are encouraged to apply

Academic Lead: Associate Professor Steven Pratt

School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

There is booming demand for eco-materials, based on biodegradation polymers. But commercially relevant bioplastics are much more than the biopolymers upon which they are based.

This project considers the impact of additives and fillers on degradation rates of bioplastics (and the mobilisation of those additives and fillers to the environment) – with the aim of developing alternative ‘green’ fillers and additives.

This project is developed in partnership with the Minderoo Foundation, with the view to facilitating the transition to a ‘greener’ plastics future.