From durable roofing to sheet materials for the building industry; robust polymer materials that can withstand harsh conditions are in demand on many places. Producing these so-called 'performance materials' from biomass poses challenges for the industry. This is the subject of the annual Biobased Performance Materials (BPM) Symposium, coordinated by Wageningen University & Research.
The BPM research focuses on two types of polymeric materials: polymers produced by plants and polymers from biobased building blocks produced via biotechnology or chemical catalysis. The latest trends and developments in both fields are discussed during the symposium on 14 June; a day full of examples of recent and future developments from the program, presented by companies, ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, active in the circular and biobased value chain.
The program is divided into three sessions, in which the development of products, research into new polymers and the processing of materials are discussed. For example, Lawrence Theunissen of Reverdia talks about new products with polybutylene succinate (PBS), Annet Vrieling from Avebe about bio-PE films with improved barrier properties and Wouter Jan van den Berg from Icopal about innovative sustainable roofing materials.
In the second session, Bram Fieten from Wydo NBD will discuss performance materials from itaconic acid and methacrylic acid and Tijs Nabuurs from DSM Coating Resins will talk about biobased binders.
In the session on processing, Jürgen de Jong of Synbra Technology talks about foam extrusion of PLA and Erwin Honcoop from Croda Smart Materials about biobased sound and vibration damping materials for railways. Chris Smit from Océ Technologies focuses on adjustable biobased polymers for digital printing applications.
The BPM Symposium will be held on 14 June in the ORION building on the Wageningen Campus in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Registration for participation is still possible.