Developing vitrimers: next generation reusable plastics

    Project: Research

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    Description

    This project aims to develop a new class of advanced multifunctional polymer materials with the potential to underpin significant breakthrough capabilities for soft materials in general. The proposed work will relocate biological catalysts from their native, wet environment to solid organic engineering bio-sourced resins. Suitably selected enzymes will allow creation of polymer-based products that can be fully recyclable, with built-in properties such as self-healing, shape morphing, which are mechanically tunable, and have the ability to be reprocessed/recycled multiple times. This research will initiate a disruptive change in the application of biocatalysts for bio-based polymers.
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date11/04/2410/04/27

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$110,410.00

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