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Cellulose scattering enhancers for replacement of Titania nanoparticles

Project description

Nature provides the inspiration for novel natural pigments

Titanium dioxide (TiO2), increasingly in the form of TiO2 nanoparticles, is widely used as a white pigment, especially in creams and lotions. It acts as a UV filter in cosmetics and other products, and can also be found in paints and dyes, paper, plastics and even toothpaste, food and drugs. However, its safe use is increasingly questioned and therefore more natural and sustainable alternatives are needed. Cellulose is a carbohydrate polymer composed of glucose. It is found in all plants and is therefore the most abundant biopolymer on the planet. The EU-funded CelluNANo project sets out to enhance the light-scattering ability of cellulose, elevating it to a natural, safe and sustainable alternative to TiO2.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-PoC
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Host institution

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 150 000

Beneficiaries (1)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments