We tend to assume that bio-based materials are more environmentally friendly that synthetic / oil derived materials, but what evidence is there?
- How do we determine whether materials are "better" or "worse"?
- What do LCA comparisons of biocomposites with more traditional materials tell us?
- Are some bio-based materials better or worse for health and safety / handling?
- Can naturally occurring fire retardants replace toxic chemicals?
- Is competition with food crops an issue?
09:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome & Introduction
Steven Brown, Scott Bader & Chair of Biocomposites Subgroup
10:10 National Composites Centre Overview
Nigel Keen, National Composites Centre
10:25 Measuring the Sustainability of Biocomposites
Andrew Norton, Renuables
10:55 Carbon Fibre Precursors from Lignin for Sustainable Automotive Composites
Anastasia Koutsomitopoulou, University of Bristol
11:35 Life-cycle Assessment of Flax Fibre for the Reinforcement of Composites
John Summerscales, University of Plymouth
11:55 Natural versus Synthetic Fibres: Green or just Greenwash?
Patrick Fairclough, University of Sheffield
12:15 The Wood from the Trees: Learning from the Impact of Timber in Construction
Darshil Shah, University of Cambridge
13:20 Sustainability of Polyfurfuryl Alcohol Resins from Biomass
Hans Hoydonckx, Transfurans Chemicals
13:40 Cashew Nutshell Liquid Based High Bio- Content Epoxy Systems for Composites
Tom Claessen, AEP Polymers
14:00 Feedstocks – Current & Future Sensitivities
John Williams, Sinvestec
14:20 Panel Discussion
15:05 Wrap up and overview of the sustainability strategy - Stella Job, Composites UK
15:15 Close. Tour NCC (optional).
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