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Date for your Diary
IPPS 2015
7th & 8th October 2015
Venue Cymru, Llandudno, North Wales

BioComposites Centre
Annual Report

BioComposites Centre Annual Report 2014

UPCOMING EVENTS
January
22nd January
Enhanced Utilisation of Alcoholic Bevarage By-Products
BEACON EVENT
8:30-16:00 Neuadd Reichel, Ffridoledd Road, Bangor, LL57 2TR

February
4th February
An Innovative Sustainable Alternative to Existing Snack Food Packaging
CIWM Cymru Wales EVENT
09:15- 11:00 Environment Centre, Bangor University, Deiniol Road, Bangor, LL57 2UW

Paper published in Environment International, Volume 73 pp 402-412 December 2014
Cover image Environment International
Assessment of health implications related to processing and use of natural wool insulation products.
Mansour E., Loxton C., Elias R.M. & Ormondroyd G.A.

Paper published in Polymer Degradation and Stability (available online October 2014)
Cover image Polymer Degradation and Stability

Equilibrium and dynamic vapour water sorption properties of biochar derived from apple wood.
Popescua C., Hill C.A.S., Anthonyd R., Ormondroyd G.A. & Curling S.

BEACON finalist for RegioStars Award

Since 1989, BC (or The BioComposites Centre) has been at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in manufacturing and industry.

Today, in a world where sustainability and the environment are moving to the top of the agenda, we offer businesses of all kinds the knowledge and the technical means to put those alternatives into practice, helping them lower costs, increase productivity and make their activities more environmentally and socially responsible.

CURRENT NEWS ITEMS

PhD STUDENT WINS RON COCKROFT AWARD

Bronia Stefanowski has been granted the Ron Cockcroft Award (RCA) from the International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG/WP). This award enables Bronia to attend and present her work at the 46th IRG annual conference in Viña del Mar, Chile, in May. Read more...

BC SCIENTISTS HONOURED WITH FELLOWSHIPS OF THE INSTITUTE OF MATERIALS, MINERALS AND MINING

Two members of the Materials Research group, Drs Morwenna Spear and Simon Curling were accepted to the highest grade of membership to the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Read more...

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT WITH WOOLCOOL

We recently worked with WOOLCOOL in their research to develop innovative, sustainable, passive insulated packaging that allows extended controlled temperature management for food and pharmaceutical distribution. Read more...

NEW BOOK PUBLISHED - 'CHEMICAL PROCESSES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE'

Prof Ray Marriott from BC has contributed a chapter in a new book ‘Chemical Processes for a Sustainable Future.’ The book is about chemical processes aimed at sustainability with a focus on developments in new technologies and on processes using renewable materials as chemical feedstocks. Read more...

BC JOINS WELSH MISSION TO CHINA

Adam Charlton joined Prof Dave Chadwick (SENRGy) to represent Bangor University as part of a Welsh Government mission to Beijing to the Beijing Capital Agri-Business Group. Read more...

STARS GRASS PACKAGING ON DISPLAY AT WAITROSE

Prototype green packaging, developed and produced as part of the STARS project, was on display at Waitrose, Menai Bridge on 18th November 2014. The Waitrose store hosted a display showing a variety of food items packed in the grass packaging product range, which currently includes food trays, fruit punnets and egg boxes. Read more...

BEACON INVITED SPEAKERS AT 3rd BIOECONOMY STAKEHOLDERS' CONFERENCE

The BEACON project as invited to present at the recent 3rd Bioeconomy Stakeholders' Conference, Turin, October 8 and 9, 2014. The theme of the conference session was ‘Connecting the biomass: illustrating the bioeconomy system in action by following the flows of biomass and residues’ and BEACON was presenting as a Regiostars 2014 winner. More details..

PhD STUDENT SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS THESIS

Md Ashaduzzaman passed his viva and handed in the final copy of his PhD thesis. The work investigated the use of bio-resin to modify wood for the improvement of physical, mechanical and decay resistance properties. More details...

LIMNet WORKSHOP: BIOMIMETICS - The abstraction of good design from nature

There will be a LIMNet biomimetics workshop on 21st October 2014. It will highlight some existing UK biomimetics projects, illustrate how biomimetics can be used in design and problem solving and then go on to discuss and identify possible projects and project partners for future research proposals. More details and Programme...

LIMNet ASSISTED COMPANY UK FINALIST IN EU COMPETITION

ADAPTAVATE, a new UK start-up company, is developing new low carbon bio-based building materials and products. They approached BC and through the LIMNet project received assistance to promote the technology by entering the Climate-KIC EU CleanLaunchpad competition. Read more...

OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS BUSINESS

Graham Ormondroyd will be at Timber-Expo at the NEC, Birmingham on 7th October. If you would like to discuss potential research, innovation or commercial projects please contact him directly to arrange an appointment.

SUPERCRITICAL CO2 ON PYTHAGORAS' TROUSERS

Prof. Ray Marriott appeared on Radio Cardiff on the Pythagoras' Trousers show to discuss the applications of supercritical CO2. The show takes a look at stories of interest from the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, bringing these fields to a wider audience and promoting these subject areas to school pupils. Listen to the podcast first broadcast on 98.7FM at 9pm 8th September 2014. Read more...

RESEARCH TO FIND NATURAL ORGANIC PESTICIDE

BC together with Bangor University's School of Biological Sciences has won grant funding from the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to develop a novel natural herbicide produced via an enzymatic route from an abundant natural oil and bring it to the market. Read more...

 

 

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