Supporting UK Composites

Bio-Materials: Playing a Key Role in the Composites Industry’s Net Zero Future

A net-zero future for the composites industry will require the development of new materials which reduce the embodied carbon in composite products and enable much greater circularity in the composites value chain than is the case today. One group of materials with a major role to play in this challenge are bio-materials – resins and fibres which are bio-sourced, creating the possibility of a much more circular value chain, especially if they can also be rapidly biodegraded at end of life.


09:00    Registration

09:50    Welcome and introduction
Malcolm Forsyth, Composites UK
10:00    A welcome to the University of Warwick and WMG
Kerry Kirwan, WMG  

Session 1 – New Options for Biomaterials

10:10    Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Microcrystalline Cellulose Reinforced Mycelium
Mohamed Gabr, University of Swansea
10:30    Polyfurfuryl Alcohol Resin composites: Synthesis, Properties, Manufacturing and Challenges
Daniel Odiyi, University of Derby
10:50    Development of Bio-degradable PFA Resin for Composite Application with Enhanced Properties
Chakradhar Rao, University of Derby

11:10    BREAK

Session 2 - New industrial opportunities for BioMaterials

11:35    Bio-materials with Improved Performance
Barrie Colvin, Advanced Thermosets
11:55    Accelerating the Path for Sustainability One Step at a Time
Ben Andrews, SHD Composites

12:15    Morning session wrap-up/Q&A

12:30    LUNCH

13:20    Delegate discussion groups – “What are the top 3-5 challenges to be overcome to increase the adoption of bio-materials in the UK Composites value chain ?”

Session 3 - Bio-based Thermoplastic Composites Application Projects

13:50    Natural Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composite Manufacture by Monomer Infusion
John Summerscales, University of Plymouth
14:10    Long Term Durability and Ageing Behaviour of Biocomposites for Marine Applications
Hom Dhakal, University of Portsmouth

14:30    BREAK

Session 4 - Translating BioMaterial Research to Industrial Success

14:50    Challenging perceptions: Current State and Future Development of Bio-Based Resins
Annabel Fitzgerald, National Composites Centre
15:10    Making the Sustainable Business Case for Biocomposites
Steven Brown, Scott Bader

15:30    Afternoon session wrap-up – feedback on discussion group outcomes, final Q&A and audience discussion opportunity & closing comments
15:40    CLOSE


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