Sustainable plastics research and innovation: open directory

This ‘Sustainable plastics research and innovation open directory’ lists all the projects and opportunities we’ve received in response to our 2021 Global Challenge campaign: Sustainable plastics, polymers and alternatives. Each of these projects has been submitted by an academic or research commercialisation professional with the aim of initiating meaningful conversations and partnerships leading to collaborative development and deployment of new pandemic interventions.

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      1. Construction
      2. Cosmetics
      3. Manufacturing
      4. Materials Recovery + Waste Valorisation
      5. Medical Devices
      6. Packaging
      7. Paints and Coatings
      8. Other

Construction

Bio-based Elastomers from Recoverable Methyl Valerolactone
University of Minnesota 
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BIOFLEXI HDF: High Density Fibreboard from Agricultural Residual Fibres for Free-form Design
TLB GmbH 
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Tough Reprocessable Thermoplastics from Biorenewable Sources (Sugars)
University of Birmingham
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Fully Recyclable, Non-combustible Insulating Material Made of Mineral Plastic for Use in Building Construction, Vehicle Construction and Housings for Electronic Devices
TLB GmbH 
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Polymer Nanocomposite Foams
The Ohio State University 
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A Green Alternative to Polyurethane
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Polymer Foams from 1,2,4,5-Tetrazine and Polydienes
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Dihydropyridazine Antioxidants
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Catalytic Hydroconversion of Polypropylene-based Plastic Waste to Lubricant Base-oils
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Manufacturing of Carbon Fiber Precursors Containing High Loadings of Plant-based Lignin
North Carolina State University 
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Lignin Incorporated Sustainable Chemicals and Materials
Lakehead University
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

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Cosmetics

Dihydropyridazine Antioxidants
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Catalytic Hydroconversion of Polypropylene-based Plastic Waste to Lubricant Base-oils
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Desulfitative Redox Catalysis Method for Production of Amide and Peptide Linkages
Emory University
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

High Yield Production of High Value Bacterial Nano Cellulose (BNC) Films from Low Cost Crude Glycerol Feed
National Chemistry Laboratory
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

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Manufacturing

Isosorbide-Based Methacrylate Monomer for High Tg Polymers
University of Minnesota 
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Ultra-High Yield Para-Xylene from Biomass-Derived 2,5-Dimethylfuran
University of Minnesota 
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Bio-Based, Phthalate-Free Polyvinyl Chloride Plasticizer
University of Minnesota 
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Bio-based Elastomers from Recoverable Methyl Valerolactone
University of Minnesota 
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BIOFLEXI HDF: High Density Fibreboard from Agricultural Residual Fibres for Free-form Design
TLB GmbH 
Read the project summary

Bottle Grade r-PET from Mixed PET and PETG Recycling
Michigan State University
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Recyclable Sulfur Based Plastics
Colorado State University
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Tough Reprocessable Thermoplastics from Biorenewable Sources (Sugars)
University of Birmingham
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Fully Recyclable, Non-combustible Insulating Material Made of Mineral Plastic for Use in Building Construction, Vehicle Construction and Housings for Electronic Devices
TLB GmbH
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A Gas-assisted Resin Injection Technique for Bonding and Surface Modification of Microfluidic Devices
The Ohio State University 
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Polymer Nanocomposite Foams
The Ohio State University 
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Improving Crystallization and Toughness of PLA with a Novel Bio-based Additive
Queen’s University 
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

A Green Alternative to Polyurethane
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Sulfur-Based Polyols, Polyurethanes and Novel Polymeric Materials, Including Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Dihydropyridazine Antioxidants
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Selective Recovery of Polypropylene (and Polyethylene) from Mixed Plastic Wastes
University of Toledo
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Catalytic Hydroconversion of Polypropylene-based Plastic Waste to Lubricant Base-oils
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition System
University of Waterloo
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Epoxidized Coffee Oil as a Plasticizer for Bioplastics
The Ohio State University
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Granular Hybrid Materials Enabled Recycle Plastic for Advanced Packaging
The University of Chicago
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Manufacturing of Carbon Fiber Precursors Containing High Loadings of Plant-based Lignin
North Carolina State University
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Organocatalysts for Amide Bond Formation
Emory University
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

High Yield Production of High Value Bacterial Nano Cellulose (BNC) Films from Low Cost Crude Glycerol Feed
National Chemical Laboratory
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Functionalized Polydicyclopentadiene (fPDCPD) Polymers
University of Victoria
Read the project summary (Added 22 DEC 2021)

Integrated Separation/Chemical Recycling of Mixed Polyester Waste Streams
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

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Materials Recovery + Waste Valorisation

Upcycling Waste PTFE to Metal Halides
University College London 
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Carbon Recycling Technology (CART)
University College London 
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Durable, Water Resistant Wood-Based Energy Pellets
University of Minnesota 
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BIOFLEXI HDF: High Density Fibreboard from Agricultural Residual Fibres for Free-form Design
TLB GmbH 
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Upcycling Waste Plastics into Value-Added Chemicals using Microwave-Assisted Catalysis
West Virginia University
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Rapid Process for Depolymerizing Recycled PET
Michigan State University
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Process for Recycling Mixed Polyurethanes
Michigan State University
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Process for Depolymerizing Recycled Polystyrenes
Michigan State University
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Selective Recovery of Polypropylene (and Polyethylene) from Mixed Plastic Wastes
University of Toledo
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

A Novel Monomer Family for High-performance, Degradable Thermosetting Polyester Resins
University of Manchester Innovation Factory
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

NovaCrack®: Feedstock Recycling of Mixed Plastics Waste
University of Manchester Innovation Factory
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Integrated Separation/Chemical Recycling of Mixed Polyester Waste Streams
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

Enzymatic Depolymerization of Highly Crystalline Polyethylene Terephthalate Enabled in Moist-solid Reaction Mixtures
McGill University
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

Project ESTER: Electronic Screening Technology for Enzymatic Recycling
Leipzig University
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

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Medical Devices

Bio-Based, Phthalate-Free Polyvinyl Chloride Plasticizer
University of Minnesota 
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A Gas-assisted Resin Injection Technique for Bonding and Surface Modification of Microfluidic Devices
The Ohio State University 
Read the project summary

Polymer Nanocomposite Foams
The Ohio State University 
Read the project summary

Sulfur-Based Polyols, Polyurethanes and Novel Polymeric Materials, Including Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Sugar-based Low Molecular Weight Hydrogels from Alkyl Glycolipids
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Newly Synthesized Bio-based Polysulfone
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Epoxidized Coffee Oil as a Plasticizer for Bioplastics
The Ohio State University
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Desulfitative Redox Catalysis Method for Production of Amide and Peptide Linkages
Emory University
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

High Yield Production of High Value Bacterial Nano Cellulose (BNC) Films from Low Cost Crude Glycerol Feed
National Chemical Laboratory
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Functionalized Polydicyclopentadiene (fPDCPD) Polymers
University of Victoria
Read the project summary (Added 22 DEC 2021)

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Packaging

Ultra-High Yield Para-Xylene from Biomass-Derived 2,5-Dimethylfuran
University of Minnesota 
Read the project summary

Bio-Based, Phthalate-Free Polyvinyl Chloride Plasticizer
University of Minnesota 
Read the project summary

Bio-based Elastomers from Recoverable Methyl Valerolactone
University of Minnesota 
Read the project summary

Bottle Grade r-PET from Mixed PET and PETG Recycling
Michigan State University
Read the project summary

Rapid Process for Depolymerizing Recycled PET
Michigan State University
Read the project summary

Process for Recycling Mixed Polyurethanes
Michigan State University
Read the project summary

Process for Depolymerizing Recycled Polystyrenes
Michigan State University
Read the project summary

Novel Chain Extenders for Recycling Polyesters
Michigan State University
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Recyclable Sulfur Based Plastics
Colorado State University
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Tough Reprocessable Thermoplastics from Biorenewable Sources (Sugars)
University of Birmingham
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Furan-based Thermoplastics with High Technical Properties
University of Oulu
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Polymer Nanocomposite Foams
The Ohio State University 
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Method to Improve Natural Rubber (Hevea/guayule)-toughened Poly-(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) for Food Packaging Applications
The Ohio State University 
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Bioplastics from Organic Fraction of MSW
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Improving Crystallization and Toughness of PLA with a Novel Bio-based Additive
Queen’s University 
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Polymer Foams from 1,2,4,5-Tetrazine and Polydienes
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Dihydropyridazine Antioxidants
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition System
University of Waterloo
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Epoxidized Coffee Oil as a Plasticizer for Bioplastics
The Ohio State University
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Granular Hybrid Materials Enabled Recycle Plastic for Advanced Packaging
The University of Chicago
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Lean & Green: Manufacturing (Ligno)cellulosic Biomass-based Flexible Packaging Sustainably from Ionic Liquids
Imperial College London
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Manufacturing of Carbon Fiber Precursors Containing High Loadings of Plant-based Lignin
North Carolina State University
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

ZeroPlast Labs: 100% Home Compostable Alternatives to Single-use Plastics
National Chemical Laboratory
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

High Yield Production of High Value Bacterial Nano Cellulose (BNC) Films from Low Cost Crude Glycerol Feed
National Chemical Laboratory
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Lignin Incorporated Sustainable Chemicals and Materials
Lakehead University
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

Recycled PET Material with Mechanical Properties Equivalent to Virgin PET
Hub APTA
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

Syringol-based Monomers for Tuning Polymer Properties
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

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Paints and Coatings

Isosorbide-Based Methacrylate Monomer for High Tg Polymers
University of Minnesota 
Read the project summary

Bio-based Elastomers from Recoverable Methyl Valerolactone
University of Minnesota 
Read the project summary

A Green Alternative to Polyurethane
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Catalytic Hydroconversion of Polypropylene-based Plastic Waste to Lubricant Base-oils
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Bisphenol Alternatives Derived from Renewable Substituted Phenolics and their Industrial Applications
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

New Process for Production of Fuels and Lubricants from Recycled Plastics
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Graphene Inks
Empa
Read the project summary (Added 13 JAN 2022)

Lignin Incorporated Sustainable Chemicals and Materials
Lakehead University
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

Syringol-based Monomers for Tuning Polymer Properties
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

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Other

Upcycling of Hydrocarbon Polymers to High-Value Unsaturated Compounds
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Sustainable Methods for Polymer Production
SUNY Research Foundation
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Upcycling Waste Plastics into Value-Added Chemicals using Microwave-Assisted Catalysis
West Virginia University
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Bioplastics from Organic Fraction of MSW
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Dihydropyridazine Antioxidants
University of Arizona
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Catalytic Hydroconversion of Polypropylene-based Plastic Waste to Lubricant Base-oils
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Bisphenol Alternatives Derived from Renewable Substituted Phenolics and their Industrial Applications
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

New Process for Production of Fuels and Lubricants from Recycled Plastics
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Newly Synthesized Bio-based Polysulfone
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 09 DEC 2021)

Non-Hydrocarbon-based Alternative Polymers
University of York
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

Sustainability Solutions for City Plastic Wastes
National Chemical Laboratory
Read the project summary (Added 16 DEC 2021)

MagMIX
The Francis Crick Institute
Read the project summary (Added 22 DEC 2021)

Lignin-based Pressure Sensitive Adhesives
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

Syringol-based Monomers for Tuning Polymer Properties
University of Delaware
Read the project summary (Added 28 JAN 2022)

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