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Institute for Frontier Materials

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Electrolyte scientists dare to dream

The world's leading electrolyte scientists have converged in Geelong for ISPE-14.

Process takes textile recycling to new level

A new process to separate blends of cotton-polyester material provides a major breakthrough for recycling textile and other waste.

Gold Medal for Nisa Salim

Nisa Salim receives Gold Medal from Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

A solution to pollution?

Bio-plastics could help slash global plastic consumption.

In search of a greener world

Professor Qipeng Guo helping us all tread more gently on the planet.

Green processing of natural polymers

Australia has substantial stock of natural polymers, including cellulose from plants, chitin from shell fish and wool from sheep. We utilize these stocks to produce fully degradable polymeric materials with environmental awareness using environmentally friendly solvents, ionic liquids, which can be fully recycled.

Wool-based blend materials

In particular, we have developed a novel green process for development of blended materials based on wool and cellulose, two key natural raw materials from bioresource. We reported wool-based blend materials using ionic liquids and prepared blend films of natural wool and cellulose from an ionic liquid green solvent.

Wool-based blend materials

Cellulose-based biodegradable plastics

The modulation of the properties of cellulose is very difficult, but can be accomplished with microorganism-synthesized biopolymer PHVB as an effective plasticizer. We use ionic liquids as the processing solvents. Biodegradable plastics from cellulose and PHBV can be processed into different solid forms such as films, noodle-like fibres and bulk blocks. Such biorenewable materials have important potential applications.

Cellulose-based biodegradable plastics

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

28th January 2014