Bioplastics and Electron Beam Technology Applications

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a keynote presentation on bioplastics made at the IAEA Scientific Forum held in Vienna, Austria in Sept 2013

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Bioplastics and Electron Beam Technology Applications

  1. 1. Bioplastics Sustaining a Marine Environment Suresh D. Pillai
  2. 2. 21st Century Reality Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  3. 3. 21st Century Reality Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  4. 4. IS THIS ACCEPTABLE? Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  5. 5. We have no place to hide!! Food Safety & Food Quality Environmental Quality ONE-HEALTH Public Health Animal Health Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  6. 6. Plastics Have Changed Our Lives! Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  7. 7. The Need is Urgent • High Performance and multi-functional plastics • Plastics that can degrade in land and water • Plastics made from agricultural wastes Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  8. 8. Bioplastics Environment (Soil, water, compost Marine, sediment) Microbial Degradation Polymer chains with Susceptible linkages CO2 + H2O + cell biomass Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  9. 9. Bioplastics • Bio-based content – Made from renewable biomass sources • Vegetable fats & oils • Starch-based (corn, potato, tree-based cellulose) • Biodegradable under defined conditions • Properties similar to traditional petroleum based plastics • Bioplas Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  10. 10. Technology Driving Bioplastics Electron Beam Technology Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  11. 11. We already have the capability Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  12. 12. Bioplastic Industry value: ~ 3 $ billion Demand (thousand metric tons) 116 242 North America Western Europe 320 Asia/Pacific 347 Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond… Other Regions
  13. 13. Bioplastic Industry Growth Areas Global Bioplastic Production Capacity (%) 4.9 3.5 Asia South America 46.3 Europe 45.1 North America European Bioplastics, 2013 Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…
  14. 14. Technology Transfer Training and are Key! Harnessing E-Beam and X-Ray Technologies to Clean, Heal, and Feed the World , and beyond…

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