China grants University of Amsterdam patent for bioplastic

14 April 2016

The Chinese Patent Office has granted patent rights to the University of Amsterdam (UvA) for the invention of the biodegradable polymer developed in 2011 by UvA researchers Dr Albert Alberts and Prof. Gadi Rothenberg. The Chinese patent will be in force until 2031.
The new biodegradable polymer was discovered in 2011 while researching catalytic biomass conversion. The non-toxic, non-hazardous plastic is made from 100% plant-based materials that do not compete with food production. It can be produced at such a low-cost that it can compete with conventional oil-based plastics, notably polyurethane and in some cases polypropylene and PET (News Item UvA, 24 March 2016).
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