Innovative technologies are replacing oil with vegetable components to make plastics with fascinating properties. Spanish scientists and engineers are developing the eco-friendly and smart plastic packaging of tomorrow.
In the AITIIP lab in Zaragosa bio-polymers extracted from agricultural waste are mixed with nano-additives and melted at 200 degrees celsius. That is the basic recipe for the new bioplastic developed within a Europeanresearch project.
The combination of components makes the new material robust and gives it special features. For instance, nano-clays create large-surface, one- nanometer-thin films that act as a protective barrier.
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