Topic of the Month: May 2015

Polymer chemistry meets biotechnology: plastics from seafood

Polymerchemie trifft Biotechnologie

Corn

Up to now, renewable raw materials – starch should be mentioned primarily here – have been used in most cases to produce biobased polymers, with the aim of replacing oil-based plastics. © istockphoto

Crab shells

When shrimp and crabs are processed, large quantities of shells are left over that contain chitin and are both laborious and expensive to dispose of as waste. Source: Fraunhofer IGB

Source: Fraunhofer IGB

Biotechnologie

Polymer chemistry meets biotechnology: plastics from seafood – will that be made in future encourage and demand elimination of the distinctions between the natural science and technical faculties? Source: istockphoto

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