This is a general activity for development of novel biodegradable and natural polymeric composites. We transform vegetable wastes, and other organic waste primary from food industry, directly into natural polymeric composites by non-toxic solvent processing methods.
It also include transformation of animal products like wool, chicken feather or silkworm cocoons into protein-based polymeric materials. In addition, we synthesize and functionalize biopolymers and biocomposites starting from natural monomers.
In general, these materials can be used and further engineered for durable coatings, packaging, constructions, textiles and all sectors that conventional plastics are currently used, minimizing the use of non-sustainable natural resources (i.e., oils) and also the accumulation of non-degradable and toxic wastes.