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EPSRC Reference: TS/G000859/1
Title: Farm Produced Ultrathin Lightweight Packaging
Principal Investigator: Elias, Dr R
Other Investigators:
Fowler, Dr P
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Department: Biocomposites Centre
Organisation: Bangor University
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 October 2008 Ends: 30 September 2011 Value (£): 244,335
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
Related Grants:
TS/G001014/1 TS/G001065/1
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This applied research project builds on basic research by Valueform Ltd at the BioComposites Centre at BangorUniversity on 'Innovative processing of local agri-fibres'. This project will i) produce novel biocomposite food packaging using plant-based materials; cereal/ oilseed straws/ and others agri-residues, optimising process variables to obtain ultrathin materials ii) confirm use of Innovative farm-based technologies to convert these materials into retail food packages, at costs competitive with concurent non-renewable products. Preliminary investigations show that these biocomposites are more resource efficient than plastics, biopolymers & starch-based alternatives currently available on the market. The packaging products will be biodegradable /compostable & post-use for making medical disposable products such as kidney trays, urinals delivering a very efficient life cycle and also leading to reduction in landfill.
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