Biobased plasticizers from agricultural (side) streams

Biobased plasticizers from agricultural (side) streams

Organisatie-onderdeel

WR-cap AF

Projectcode

AF18004

MMIP

Landbouw, Water, Voedsel>A. Kringlooplandbouw>A3. Hergebruik organische zij- en reststromen

Startdatum

01/01/19

Einddatum

31/12/21

Samenvatting

Furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) can be derived from various agricultural resources, including both first and second generation sugars. FDCA is considered as one of the most promising biobased building blocks. It serves e.g. as building block to produce PEF: Polyethylene Furanoate; a biobased polymer with huge potential to supplement or substitute fossil based PET in many applications. As FDCA is on the brink of commercialisation, defining and establishing other major market outlets for FDCA is highly relevant. Due to the significant volumes FDCA based plasticisers are an attractive market for biobased products. Furthermore, FDCA based plasticisers have the potential to replace petrochemical based phthalate plasticisers which are under increasing regulatory pressure due to real or perceived negative effects on human health and the environment. Previous feasibility studies have shown that FDCA based plasticisers are highly promising alternatives for phthalates in PVC. Nevertheless, some properties of FDCA based plasticisers are not yet fully understood, which needs to be addressed in order for these materials to reach commercialisation.

Doel van het project

The overall aim of this project and the consortium partners will be to generate generic knowledge to understand and improve the overall performance of FDCA based plasticisers, and in parallel generate knowledge on FDCA based esters in general, which is essential to the eventual market acceptance of FDCA based products in general.

Relatie met missie (Motivatie)

This project is necessary within this MMIP was it provides important fundamental knowledge and insights on the performance of agro residue derived biobased chemicals and building blocks (here FDCA esters) under specific application conditions.

Geplande acties

Intended results for 2020:
• Finish FDCA plasticiser and polyester synthesis
• Process more FDCA plasticisers in PVC, in several types of PVC compounds
• Continue performance testing of FDCA based materials under specific conditions
• Continue Identification and Elucidation of specific FDCA related properties
• Establish preliminary in vitro toxicity of newly synthesised FDCA plasticisers
Intended results for 2021:
• Process more FDCA plasticisers in PVC, in several types of PVC compounds
• Finish performance testing of FDCA based materials under specific conditions
• Finish Identification and Elucidation of specific FDCA related properties
• Publish manuscript on performance testing of furans based materials in Green Chemistry
• Establish final in vitro toxicity results of newly synthesised FDCA plasticisers

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