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Research project

Source: IfBB

Besides engaging in pure science, the Junior Researchers Team is focused in particular on research for practical applications such as the development and market establishment of innovative bio-based composites to be used, for example, in the area of automotives, in sports and household goods, or office items. This also includes enhancing the processing technology and the process chain. The goal is eventually to introduce bio-based fibres and bioplastics or biocomposites as a large-scale substitute for all types of conventional plastics as well as glass, carbon, or conventional plastic reinforcement fibres.

Source: IfBB

Unter der Koordination des IfBB beschäftigen sich drei weitere Partner mit der „Verarbeitung von biobasierten Kunststoffen und Errichtung eines Kompetenznetzwerkes im Rahmen des Biopolymernetzwerkes der FNR": das SKZ (Das Kunststoff-Zentrum), das IAP (Fraunhofer-Institut für angewandte Polymerforschung und die SLK (Professur für Strukturleichtbau und Kunststoffverarbeitung, TU Chemnitz.

The project was designed to develop composite materials for special applications primarily in automobile interiors and in transportation packaging systems (e.g. pallets). Essentially it involves adapting the material composition to suit the various requirements. In particular, numerous additives are being optimized, such as bonding agents, uv stabilizers or smell inhibitors, as well as fibre morphology and matrix polymers used in the process. Another concern related to materials development was to perform a systematic analysis of the interactions taking place between the various material components.

Eco-balancing is a method commonly used by the industry to evaluate sustainability claims for numerous processes and products. This project was set up to assess, evaluate and discuss available eco-balance information related to bioplastics.

The purpose of this study is to perform a market analysis for renewable raw materials in the year 2011. The IfBB expert team is responsible for the area of bioplastics within this project.