To be able to produce biobased materials, it is first important to isolate, and, if required, modify, biopolymers from renewable raw materials. Using different types of processing, these biopolymers can be converted into finished products such as biobased plastics, composites and raw materials for paints and/or adhesives.
Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research has years of experience in the production and processing of biopolymers. We have at our disposal a wide range of equipment, such as extruders, injection moulding machines and a film blowing machine, and we use them to transform biopolymers first into usable materials and subsequently into finished products. This equipment ranges from laboratory to semi-industrial scale and is similar to the processing equipment used in the industrial sector.
Knowledge of the entire chain
Thanks to our extensive knowledge of renewable resources (biomass), which can serve as a basis for biopolymers, and our expertise in the field of polymer and biopolymer modification and product development, we can advise customers on the entire process, from biomass to material processing and finished product.
With the machines available in our technology hall (including extruders), Food & Biobased Research can carry out processes such as mixing, heating, encapsulation, extraction and pumping. Using several other polymer processing techniques, such as injection moulding, sheet extrusion and film blowing, we can make products that are suitable as packaging materials, coffee cups or carrier bags.
Evaluation and analysis
The development trajectory of a material is only successful once the performance of the product has been evaluated and tested. Food & Biobased Research offers a wide range of devices for the mechanical, thermal and chemical analysis of polymers, including tensile testing machines, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC). This lets us test the properties of materials and end products, including for strength, heat resistance/crystallinity and structure. The results are shared with our clients as we work on the further improvement of the current generations of biobased materials and products together.