“And when we say biomass we don’t mean growing new crops especially for this purpose, but rather reusing existing bio-based material cheaply and efficiently – namely used vegetable oil, timber waste and oceanic algae.”
“It’s a very ambitious and challenging project – to produce 100% bio-based thermoset resins for space – which draws on a lot of different chemical, engineering and industrial expertises,” she comments.
“Obviously the desire for greater sustainability by avoiding the use of petroleum products is one important driver of this work. In addition one of the key chemicals used for thermoset production, bisphenol-A, is in the process of being restricted by the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, REACH, because of its hormone-altering and mutagenic properties. It has already been banned for food packaging products, and further restrictions will come in future.”