Biopolymers

 

UD tapes on a biological basis

Cars should be lighter and thus more environmentally friendly. An important approach here is to replace metallic components with fiber-plastic composites with the same stability.

 

No make or break

In a project that will continue until the end of December 2017, researchers at the Fraunhofer IMWS are working with NOVO-TECH GmbH & Co. KG in Aschersleben, Saxony-Anhalt on a formula that predicts the performance of wood-polymer materials, in order to optimize load-bearing structures.

 

Clean cosmetics for a healthy environment

Plastic particles in care products are a problem for the environment: They get into the sea via wastewater and thus into the food chain. In a research project, we scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS together with partners from industry would like to replace such microplastic particles in toothpastes and body peeling products with biologically degradable substances.

 

From tree to structural foam

Plastics made from organic mass have been developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in a group research project by the BioEconomy leading-edge cluster.

 

New impregnation method for sustainable reinforcement fibres

Light, sturdy, sustainable – those are the demands on new construction materials. Uni-directional fibre-reinforced materials, or UD-Tapes, have very high potential.  

 

Lightweight solutions made of bio-based tapes

In order to protect the climate, the EU Commission has decided that harmful emissions from car traffic are to be reduced significantly by 2020. The industry is therefore looking for creative solutions, for example, weight savings.

 

Biodegradable microplastic alternatives

Microplastics are still used in personal care products, although the environmental impact is well known. Tiny plastic particles from peelings and other skincare products enter the sea and ultimately our food chain via waste-water systems.