Novel bioderived and biodegradable wood plastic composites from wastes (2014–2017)

Abstract:
This project pioneers the development of high performance wood plastic composites from polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) generated from pulp and paper waste. The key innovations are (i) developing a new bioderived and biodegradable high performance wood fibre composite with improved melt flow leading to better binding, and (ii) making direct use of PHA-rich biomass so avoiding the cost and environmental burden of polymer extraction. The project will lead to new products and more diverse markets for the Australian forestry industry and maximise Australia's competitive advantage in biomass-based product development.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Associate Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
    Affiliate Professor
    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • Associate Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council