Scott Bader has joined a research project which aims to replace conventional polymers with bio-based polymers in coatings, textiles, homecare and structural adhesive applications.

According to the company, the Circular High-performance Aza-Michael Polymers as Innovative materials Originating from Nature (CHAMPION) project will run for three and a half years. It was awarded Horizon 2020 funding and includes fourteen partners from six European countries, coordinated by the University of York in the UK, according to Scott Bader.

The project will also focus on recovery, reuse and recycling (with the option of controlled energy recovery) as end-of-life options, while all products will be evaluated for sustainability via Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA), the company said.

‘The composites industry is an enabler of a sustainable society; however, we must end the reliance on fossil derived chemicals whilst promoting alternatives to end-of-life waste,’ said Dr Steven Brown, technology development manager at Scott Bader. ‘This multi-partner EU funded project will show us that we don’t have to compromise on performance to achieve a balance with nature.’

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