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Bugworkers project partners will host a free hour-long webinar on 25 June 2014 at 15:00 CET to disseminate the project results.
This event will describe the results of BUGWORKERS, a four year European project on the production of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB). PHB is produced by certain types of bacteria as an energy store. It is then solvent extracted from the bacteria. PHB is totally bio-derived and totally biodegradable.
The aim of BUGWORKERS was to develop a new production route to PHB using non-food grade sugars, derived from agricultural wastes, as a feedstock and by using environmentally-friendly solvents.
PHB requires certain additives to improve its properties, so the workshop will also focus on the formulation of the material and the ways in which the polymer can be processed.
The use of PHB in a current manufacturing process is also described.
Photo courtesy of Bugworkers Project
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