Development of sustainable biodegradable products based on polyhydroxyalkanoates

Under offer

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

Academic Lead: Professor Bronwyn Laycock

School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

Bioplastics are forecast to play an increasingly important role in addressing the plastic pollution problem. However, not all bioplastics are necessarily benign – even biodegradable bioplastics.

The aims of this project are to develop commercially relevant bioplastic products and to understand the (bio)degradation and potential impacts of those bioplastics in various environments.

The project is developed in partnership with the Minderoo Foundation, with the view to facilitating production of environmentally benign alternatives to conventional packaging materials.