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FLow Induced Phase Transitions, A new low energy paradigm for polymer processing

Ziel

Currently there is no truly sustainable pathway for the production of plastics, an industry which in the EU employs 1.45M people, has a turnover of €89B but consumes ~778GWh of energy per annum. This is an opportunity for industry with pressure increasing to develop low energy, high-quality, wet-processing techniques for consumer products. Here Nature may provide us with inspiration, as over hundreds of millions of years, it has evolved numerous strategies for efficient processing of its materials. One such solution has been recently hypothesised in natural silk spinning: FLIPT: FLow Induced Phase Transitions, a disruptive process which we believe could hold the key to a new low energy paradigm for polymer processing. Our research is promising, as it has already shown that silk is at least 1000 times more efficient at processing than a standard polymer (HDPE).

To address these challenges our consortia will combine the expertise of world-leading groups in natural materials, polymer synthesis and material processing alongside practical input from 2 SME partners and larger European companies. Taking inspiration from the spider and silkworm, novel functionalised polymers (‘aquamelts’) will be created that utilise FLIPT; enabling controlled solidification with minimal energy input. We firmly believe that there is huge potential in uncovering silks hidden functionality and applying it to enhance the processing of a range of polymeric materials. It is our goal to develop a platform technology to generate novel, bespoke, naturally derived, low embodied-energy materials, which would be competitive with current petroleum-based polymers in terms of performance and economics while well exceeding such materials in terms of sustainability.

Wissenschaftliches Gebiet

  • /Naturwissenschaften/Chemiewissenschaften/Polymerwissenschaft
  • /Naturwissenschaften/Biowissenschaften/Zoologie
  • /Naturwissenschaften/Biowissenschaften/Botanik

Aufforderung zur Vorschlagseinreichung

H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA
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Finanzierungsplan

RIA - Research and Innovation action

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
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Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 1 253 606

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
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€ 405 850
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Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finnland
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€ 615 441
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Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
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Research Organisations
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Dänemark
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€ 411 742,50
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Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR POLYMERFORSCHUNG DRESDEN EV
Deutschland
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€ 349 326
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Hohe Strasse 6
01069 Dresden
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UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
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€ 296 368,75
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Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OXFORD BIOMATERIALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 151 490
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Magdalen Centre Oxford Science Park Robert Robinson Avenue
OX4 4GA Oxford
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPINNOVA OY
Finnland
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€ 258 046
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Asematie 11
40800 Vaajakoski
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)