Next generation bioplastics: Production of PHA bioplastics from organic waste (2010–2013)
This project will advance bioplastic technology by integrating the state-of-the -art in polymer characterisation and processing with mixed culture biopolymer production. Development and knowledge enabling utilisation of waste streams as a resource for the production of degradable plastics will place Australia at the forefront of sustainable bioplastic manufacturing. The direct reward will be technology for low cost, industrially relevant biomaterials. The project builds on an existing collaboration between world leaders in biopolymer product development and biological waste processing, where the success potential is maximised by previous team experience in translational research and new IP generation.