Description of impactThe demand for plastics is expected to grow four fold by 2050 as they offer a multitude of solutions to improve the quality of living for the fast increasing global population. According to World Economic Forum report “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics”, plastics are also becoming a major player in circular economy. Hence, there is a great need to invent and develop novel, sustainable bio-based technical materials, as well as refine renewable bio-diesel into high-value and -margin technical materials*. Together with Neste, which is world’s largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues, are developing unique bio-based polyamides to match the future needs of the society. This research and innovation of long-chain polyamides herein described is a continuation of the microbial fatty acid and lipids research conducted in collaboration within Aalto (Prof. Laakso). The synthesised polyamides present a clear advance in the state-of-the-art regarding their property profile (amongst the highest impact resistance and lowest water absorption for polyamides) and processability. This provides them with a distinct competitive edge over existing polyamides, as well as other polymer classes. Furthermore, the polyamides present an incentive for the bioeconomy, while also expanding on the existing knowledge regarding the preparation, processing and properties of these biosourced polymers.
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