BBNet funds awarded

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.

The latest news from the Biomass Biorefinery Network

Published on 01/11/23

3rd BBNet Conference: Registration now open!

Read more

Published on 11/10/23

ESCR POC Funding call is now open!

Read more

Published on 19/09/23

Registration deadline extended! BBNet, HVB, EBNet & Supergen Bioenergy Hub ECR Workshop 10-11 Oct

Read more

Published on 17/08/23

Registration open: BBNet, HVB, EBNet & Supergen Bioenergy Hub ECR Workshop

Read more

Published on 15/08/23

Publication of the Biomass Strategy 2023

Read more