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The Chemical Cluster Emmen within Chemport Europe and German research partners are investigating how the biodegradable bioplastic PHA can be better processed industrially.
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“Most studies are currently focused on converting raw materials into PHA,” says Cor Kamminga, coordinator of the Green Chemistry Taskforce within Chemport Europe. “Our attention goes especially to the companies that want to run production with it. It is a question of whether you can spin, injection mold, blow mold or use PHA to make filaments for 3D printing. PHA crystallizes very slowly, which means that its use in some technical applications is not economically feasible. ”

According to Kamminga, the solution is not to replace machines, but to adjust the composition of PHA, so that it becomes suitable for processing on existing equipment. To this end, entrepreneurs in Emmen collaborate with researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute and the TU Berlin.

Read the full article in Agro & Chemistry.