Our Ongoing Projects
1. Development of Biopolymers
• Edible or biodegradable packaging
Edible and/or packaging is a valuable alternative to conventional plastic packaging to solve the environmental problems, and the use of edible packaging in the food and pharmaceutical field will help to reduce waste and to create novel applications for improving product stability, quality, safety, and convenience for consumers.
• Bio-medical applications
Biopolymers have a great potential to be used for biomedical applications such as wound healing/dress, controlled drug delivery and scaffolds for tissue engineering because of their nontoxicity, biodegradability, sustainability, and renewability.
• Water purification
Presently, one of the most critical environmental issues is water pollution. Biopolymer-based nanofibrous membranes are potential materials for water filtration.
• Flexible electronics
The biopolymer-based hybrid composite materials incorporated with nanofillers are capable to protect electromagnetic interferences and resist mechanical load for automobile, defense, and aerospace applications.
• Energy storage
The biopolymer-based nanocomposites added with suitable electrically conducting nanofillers are excellent for supercapacitors.
2. Isolation of Biopolymers from Waste Biomass
Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on earth. Reinforcement of polymers using nanocellulose has promising potential as a solution to current environmental problems and to develop essential engineering materials for versatile industrial applications owing to their excellent properties such as high Youngs modulus compared to other high-performance materials, and higher strength, aspect ratio and surface area. Moreover, their sustainability and biodegradability make them attractive for composite applications. Cellulose nanofibers have web-like network structures with very interesting mechanical performance, which broaden its applications in reinforced nanocomposites. Bio-based nanocellulose can replace toxic and expensive nanofillers such as graphene, metal oxides and carbon nanotubes. Lignocellulose wastes from industrial and agricultural processes represent an abundant and priceless feedstock for cellulose and cellulose derivatives production.
3. Development of high performance super-tough materials
We develop epoxy-based super-tough materials with shape-memory for electromagnetic shielding particularly useful for defense and aerospace applications.
Call for collaborators
We invite industries and R&D organizations to collaborate with IREEE in the above projects for prototype development and commercialization.
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