POC 08: SAFFS: Sustainable acrylic fabrics from seaweed
- Project lead
- Jonathan Todd
- University of East Anglia
Acrylic acid is one of the most mass-produced chemicals in the world and it is used to manufacture a wide range of products including textiles, superabsorbents, paints and adhesives. Currently it can only be manufactured from fossil fuels. Global concern over greenhouse gas emissions has encouraged policy makers and industry to consider bio-based chemical production. However, current bio-production alternatives are either prohibitively costly or inefficient for industrial scale.
The team’s novel methodology uses seaweed waste to create acrylic acid. This reduces processing costs and product carbon emissions. The proprietary process avoids the limitations of the current generation of bio-based chemicals. It also offers greater efficiency and the opportunity to scale to meet industrial demand.