Bioresource Transformation

Supply chain integration, complemented by system-wide techno-economic assessment

Bioplastic Manufacture

Addressing engineering constraints associated with the scale-up of technology

Bioplastic Applications

Using new and existing bioplastics and biocomposites to develop novel products and applications

Change and Sustainability

All our activities are underpinned by research into effecting change and sustainability assessment

Research Themes

The Centre adopts a highly collaborative process of co-design, co-production and co-delivery of knowledge and technology, grounded by commercial priorities. The scope of the Centre comprises the whole value chain, from natural resource development, (bio)product development and distribution to end-of-life management/waste transformation.

Four inter-related research themes form the basis of our research program.

Impact

Globally, nearly 8 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since 1950. Concerningly, 50% of this plastic was produced in the last 13 years and only ~9% has been recycled. The global and local efforts being taken to address this issue are both urgent and multi-dimensional, with biodegradable plastics set to play an increasingly important role, driven by strategies like the “European Green Deal” (2019).

The market for bioplastics and biocomposites is projected to substantially increase over the next decade to meet global demand. Industrial scale production of these biomaterials relies on abundant availability of biomass. Australia’s existing forestry, sugar and wheat industries are ideally placed to supply bioresources for bioplastics and biocomposites, without impact on food production or competing for arable land. The expansion of bioplastics and biocomposites manufacturing in Australia will directly benefit existing wood, sugar and wheat producers, as well as generating significant economic and employment benefits for Australia.

Key outcomes from this Centre will be knowledge and technology to grow the bioplastic and biocomposites industry in Australia.

Featured Projects

Transformation Project

Supply chain integration, complemented by system-wide techno-economic assessment

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Manufacture Project

Addressing engineering constraints associated with the scale-up of technology

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Applications Project

Using new and existing bioplastics and biocomposites to develop novel applications

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Sustainability Project

Understanding biodegradation of biodegradable plastics in aquatic environments

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