The University of Pisa and Italian plastics specialist AMUT have formed a partnership to cooperate on four research projects sponsored by the European Community, focusing on plastic materials processing.

The aim of the collaboration is to develop and test new polymers with particular eco-friendly characteristics, produced by renewable sources, recycled materials, even biodegradable and compostable materials.

One of the projects, entitled Dibbiopack will examinenanocomposites based on lactic acid and nanoparticles, especially nanoclay, for the production of packaging with high barrier properties to gas and humidity. 

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