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Sustainable Polyesters and Renewable Terpenoid Monomers

Project description

'Greener' plastics using essential oils from plants and trees

It is difficult to imagine our lives before the widespread use of plastics and, conversely, eliminating plastics from our lives would be quite complicated. Significant research is focused on developing bio-based polymers as an alternative to those conventionally made from fossil fuel-derived hydrocarbons, such as polyethylene, polypropylene and polyester. This will reduce reliance on dwindling fossil fuel resources, increase recyclability and biodegradability, and reduce the impact of plastics on the environment and ecosystems. The EU-funded SUPREME project will advance this agenda by developing polymers synthesised from terpenes, natural hydrocarbon molecules found in essential oils of plants, using cost-effective and environmentally friendly catalysts.

Coordinator

FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT CATALA D'INVESTIGACIO QUIMICA
Net EU contribution
€ 172 932,48
Address
Avenida Paissos Catalans 16
43007 Tarragona
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Tarragona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00