There is great interest in sustainable chemistry, including the development of polymer additives from renewable bio-resources. This project aims to prepare bio-based plasticizers from CMF and evaluate their impact on materials performance when incorporated into bioderived polymers.


Novel packaging films

Plantic’s packaging is produced using a naturally high amylose starch, derived from corn. The objective of this project is to develop a better understanding of the effect of processing on the physical properties of corn-starch derived barrier films.


Thin film technology

A significant advantage of starch-based films and thermoformed packaging is their oxygen barrier properties. This project will look at understanding the underlying physics of starch barrier films in terms of interactions with water and the transport of oxygen and water vapour.


Green additives and fillers

There is booming demand for eco-materials, based on biodegradation polymers. This project considers the impact of additives and fillers on degradation rates of bioplastics with the aim of developing alternative ‘green’ fillers and additives.


PHA production

This project considers the use of halophiles – organisms with high salt tolerance – allowing for bioproduction in highly saline conditions, which precludes contamination without the requirement for sterilisation.


PHA in the circular economy

Bioplastics may offer environmental advantages over their fossil-based counterparts, but it depends on the specific feedstock used in their production, production location, method of production, product lifetime, and end-of-life treatment.


End of life for bioplastics

Assessment of the pulping and recyclability, as well as impact of material modification on biodegradability is needed to understand how compatible these new bioplastic products are with existing waste management systems, and to help shape new waste systems.