Research on bioplastics from CO2 gets award from DOW
Stef Ghysels, PhD researcher at the Ghent University (UGent) received the ‘Dow Chemical Prize for Innovative Solutions’ in reward of his master thesis concerning the production of bioplastics from CO2.
A lot of research has been done into converting CO2 into bioplastics, using specific bacteria. Stef Ghysels has been focusing on the copolymer poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate), abbreviated PHBV. PHBV is more flexible, more processable, and biodegrades more easily than other tested polymers. Furthermore it is possible to refine these characteristics, depending on specific applications, e.g. packaging, medical implants and prebiotics (News Item VITO, 23 October 2017).
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