Biofoambark project wins industry prizes

Published: December 11, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Suppliers, Sustainability, Construction

FREIBURG, GERMANY (Dec. 11, 12:10 p.m. ET) — A project at the Freiburg Materials Research Center that aims to produce insulating foam using extracts from tree bark has won prizes for the scientists involved.

Leader of the project professor Marie-Pierre Laborie, from the faculty of forest and environmental sciences of the University of Freiburg, has been named “German High Tech Champion,” by the Fraunhofer Association in the category “Green Buildings.”

The Freiburg center says that Laborie’s research team makes hard foams using tannin, a compound found in tree bark, typically left over as a waste product in the lumber industry.

Since the foams have good insulating and flame-resistant properties, they can be used predominantly as insulating material for buildings and molded automobile parts, according to the center.

Also they could be used as catalysts or filters for heavy metals and as a replacement for packaging materials like polystyrene foam. And Freiburg claims they will “even be useful after the products themselves are worn out,” since a further goal is to convert the foams into biofuel.

The Biofoambark work is being supported by the Agency for Renewable Resources with funds from the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection.


Comments

Biofoambark project wins industry prizes

Published: December 11, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

EPA sets new rule for phthalate DnPP

December 24, 2014 11:25 am ET

A federal agency has issued new regulations for a phthalate used in PVC production.    More

Image

Engineered Profiles investing $3.7 million for new equipment, staff

December 24, 2014 10:28 am ET

Columbus, Ohio's Engineered Profiles LLC has announced it will spend $3.7 million over the next three years to upgrade its machinery and hire new...    More

Image

PrimaPak targets younger consumers

December 24, 2014 10:22 am ET

PrimaPak, which combines attributes of both rigid and flexible packaging, is being aimed squarely at younger folks — including millennials and...    More

Image

Motion Controls Robotics expands

December 24, 2014 10:05 am ET

Motion Controls Robotics Inc. is expanding its Fremont, Ohio, facility to keep pace with a surge in demand for automation.    More

Image

European polymer firms may face more pressure from US shale

December 24, 2014 9:57 am ET

InterBulk Group plc, the publicly-traded logistics group, has warned that European polymer markets would continue to come under pressure from new capa...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events