3rd Biopolymers 2015 International Conference

Deadlines: Registration full rates - 1 December 2015

Registration Early Birds - 15 November 2015

Increasing environmental awareness is prompting researchers and industrialists to develop strategies for environmental sustainability by using processes and materials with low cost, energy consumption and toxicity, together with high biodegradability. There is a strong motivation within this context to develop innovative bio-based polymer materials. The 3rd Biopolymers 2015 International Conference is an attempt to explore the various ways to utilise natural resources for tomorrow’s composites, bioplastics or any functional daily life materials. Such opportunities will be investigated through four main themes:

Physical and processing properties of rubber compound and recycled rubber:

Rubber from natural sources represents 45% of the global consumption due to its peculiar properties. This session will be dedicated to the characterisation of end-use and processing properties of natural rubber based compounds including innovative recycling process.

Biobased composites and blends for structural materials:

This session will be dedicated to biobased multiphasic materials (polymer blends, composites ...) involving biopolymers as matrixes (cellulose, starch, PLA,..) and/or dispersed phases (plant fibres, nanofiller, …). The attention will be focused on process / structure / morphology / properties relationships, and on the development of structural materials (mechanical properties, permeability...).

Functional renewable materials:

This session will include design, characterisation and modelisation of renewable functional material with preset properties other than mechanical properties (gas/liquid barrier properties, light-emitting devices, electro-sensors, electronics, detection of ionized radiation, etc.). These functionalities might result from surface functionalisation, nanostructuration, phase transformations, hybrid assemblies, liquid crystal phases…

Lignocellulosic biomass waste as source of materials:

Lignocellulosic materials (e.g. wood, plant fibres, crops, etc.) are produced in huge quantities around the world. Their use inevitably creates waste. This session of the Biopolymers Conference will cover recycling strategies for these wastes with a special interest on biorefinery approaches for the production of chemicals, polymers or materials. Specific processes to monitor or remove contaminants present in waste are also considered including fast and easy to use detection methods.

Invited Speakers:

Monika Österberg Aalto University, Department of Forest Products Technology, Finland

Bodo Saake University of Hamburg, Chemical Wood technology, Germany

Jean-Marie Raquez Mons University,Center for Innovation and Research in Materials and Polymers, Belgium

Ulrich Giese Managing Director of the German Institute of Rubber technology , Hannover, Germany

Seiichi Kawahara Material Science and Technology / Organic Materials Engineering group, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan


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