Cellulose-based plastics

Thermoplastics out of cellulose renewing the industry

Key words: Cellulose esters, thermoplastics, bio-based plastics

DURATION: 45 min + 15 min Q&A

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In the first part of VTT´s bio-based plastics webinar series, we talked how FDCA and muconic acid are transforming the industry.

In this webinar, VTT will be releasing its latest results in cellulose-based thermoplastics development. Join us to learn about how thermoplastic cellulose esters are transforming the industry.

Since the 1950s, plastics have revolutionized the way we live and become an essential part of our daily lives. Approximately 322 million tons of plastic are produced today, representing over 210 times the production of 1950s and over 50 % more than five years ago. Bioplastics are thought to be alternatives for fossil-based plastics, but so far globally only 2% of the yearly production are renewable and a considerably smaller share is based on cellulosics. It is often presumed that a cellulosic derivative alone is not suitable for existing plastic converting equipment without external additives, but this is flawed.

By bringing thermoplastic properties to cellulose, it is possible to prepare high quality materials that can be converted into, for instance, plastics for everyday applications, packaging materials, composites and textiles.

 Key learning objectives:

  1. Learn about the commercial trends and drivers for cellulose-based thermoplastics
  2. Insight into the patent landscape and R&D direction for cellulose-based thermoplastics
  3. Learn about these cellulose-based plastics and their material properties
  4. How will thermoplastic cellulose esters transform the fossil-based plastic industry

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Presented by:

Jarmo Ropponen, Principal Scientist
Dr. Jarmo Ropponen is a Principal Scientist and an acting Team Leader of VTT’s Chemical Process Technologies research team. His current main research interest is in organic chemistry, chemical modification of biopolymers, and related areas. Dr. Ropponen has approximately 50 publications, patents or patent applications and conference papers. He has been working for more than 15 years with aliphatic polyesters and biopolymer modifications for a wide variety of applications.

Tomi Erho, Principal Scientist
M.Sc. Tomi Erho works as a Principal Scientist in VTT’s Research Area Biomass processing and products. His main tasks relate to business development of VTT’s research results and IPR portfolio. In 2013, he was one of the founders of a VTT spin-off company, The Active Paper Company Oy. Prior to joining VTT, he has worked in the paper industry in various R&D and technical customer service related positions. He received his M.Sc. (Eng.) degree in Graphic Arts Technology from Helsinki University of Technology in Espoo, Finland, in 1996.

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