APR 27, 2021 7:00 AM PDT

Bioplastics- opportunities and limitations

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  • Professor for non-metallic materials with the Faculty for Technology and Bionics at the Rhine-Waal Univerity of Applied Sciences, Germany
    Biography

      Professor for non-metallic materials with the faculty for Technology and Bionics at the Rhine-Waal Univerity of Applied Sciences (Germany).

      Research focus: Biopolymers, Polymer recycling, self-reinforced polymers. 



      PhD in physical chemistry at Uni Osnabrück (M.D. Lechner). 

      Gel structures based on renewable raw materials



      Christoph's expertise:

      Process and environmental engineering 

      Groundwater and soil vapor remediation 

      10+ yrs research manager at the industry for compounding of biopolymers


    Abstract

    After a brief definition of terms (what are bioplastics?), this lecture will discuss various material and application examples for biobased and/or biodegradable plastics. An overview on the topic of organic recycling (compostability, biodegradability) will be given. Finally we discuss the microplastics issue and the degradation of plastics in the ocean.


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