Insect inspired bioplastic

December 3, 2016

Dr. Fernandez, formerly from MIT and Harvard, has produced a new bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells. It’s made from chitosan, a form of chitin — the second-most abundant organic material on Earth. The manufacturing process is scaleable and introduces a 100% biodegradable alternative to synthetic plastic.

 

Though this example as-is is bio-utilization but it is included because it has the potential to become a biomimetic solution if the researchers can figure out how to manufacture 'chitin' sustainably.  

 

Principal Investigator: Assistant Professor Javier Fernandez, The Fermart Lab @ SUTD, Singapore

 

http://people.sutd.edu.sg/~javier_fernandez/ 

 

Read more: Insect inspired bioplastic or Promising solution to plastic 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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