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High performance biomass extracted functional hybrid polymer coatings for food, cosmetic and medical device packaging

High performance biomass extracted functional hybrid polymer coatings for food, cosmetic and medical device packaging

Objective

Today, fresh food as well as convenience food is sold in packages. Hygienic conditions, long shelf life and easy availability of these packed products account for our standard of living. However, this convenience contributes in a significant way to environmental pollution, as packaging is mainly achieved by plastic materials in this case. Biodegradable packaging materials have been on the market for many decades. However, there are severe restrictions preventing their broad application in food packaging, as these materials do not provide the requested properties, such as a sufficient barrier against water vapour, oxygen or flavours.
Our idea is to improve these properties by a biodegradable coating. We have developed high-barrier coatings based on a class of materials with glass-like structural units, so called ORMOCER®s. However, these coatings are not biobased, nor biodegradable.
The target of the planned project is the development of new functional hybrid (inorganic-organic) coatings for applications in food, cosmetic & medical device packaging. These new coatings will be based on the work of Fraunhofer ISC who has patented and licensed ORMOCER® lacquers used for coating applications in order to increase barrier properties of packaging films.
The aim of the planned project is to synthesise new coating materials based on bioORMOCER®s, which are formed of functionalised biopolymers extracted from lignocellulosic biomass sources using the bioORMOCER® synthesis approach. In particular, the polymeric structures of hemicelluloses and polyesters will be exploited. By the use of these biopolymer, the organoalkoxysilanes which are components of the state-of-the art ORMOCER® lacquers will be substituted to obtain a purely biobased functional coating material.
The new functional bioORMOCER®s will be coated on flexible and rigid biopolymer substrates and tested for packaging applications for food, cosmetic and medical devices.
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 203 902,50

Participants (11)

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UNILEVER POLSKA SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Poland

MI-PLAST DOO ZA PROIZVODNJU TRGOVINU I PRUZANJE USLUGA - MI-PLAST LLC MANUFACTURING, TRADING AND SERVICES MIPLAST

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 461 855

FUNDACION AITIIP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 591 818,75

DUPONT DE NEMOURS INTERNATIONAL SARL

Switzerland

PLASMA ELECTRONIC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 393 750

STEFANSKI CLAUS

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 376 366,25

BIONATIC GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 265 625

LABORATORI ARCHA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 408 978,75

TSATSOS GEORGIOS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 317 535

BAYERNWALD FRUCHTEVERWERTUNG KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 410 734,75

HERBSTREITH & FOX KG PEKTIN-FABRIKEN

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 720736

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 623 753,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 430 566

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany