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Although natural rubber itself is a bio-based polymer many of the components in rubber products such as tyres are derived from fossil resources. CSCT and ARTIS have now joined forces to develop new sustainable additives for rubber products using renewable feedstocks such as agricultural and industrial wastes.
CSCT Director, Professor Matthew Davidson said: “We are delighted to begin this exciting collaboration with the ARTIS and we look forward to the challenge of developing a range of bio-based chemicals to help make a major global industry more sustainable. Combining our research strengths in sustainable chemical technologies with the expertise and experience that ARTIS have in rubber technologies will allow us to make significant progress in producing sustainable elastomers.”
Chief Scientist at ARTIS, Martyn Bennett said: "This is a great opportunity to work with the team at Bath and continue our long standing relationship with the university. The expertise in the department should provide materials that link well to our other activities in the area of sustainability such as recovered carbon and silica allowing the creation of 'Green compounds' for the industry. We look forward to working with CSCT and developing our relationship."
The 4-year project is co-funded by ARTIS and EPSRC through support from the National Productivity Investment Fund to provide PhD places aligned with the UK's industrial strategy.