SeaBioComp is a collaborative project with the aim to develop and produce novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials and the analytical protocols to evaluate long-term durability and reduced ecological impact on the marine environment.

There is a growing demand for composites for applications in a marine environment due to the growing markets for fish & seaweed farming, energy harvesting, boats, pontoons, anchoring and buoy elements, etc. At present only petrol-based composites are being used. Concern is growing about the long-term ecological impact. Litter and microplastics are contaminating the sea, having a detrimental impact on sea-life. There is a need for renewable materials to be developed; reducing the depletion of the fossil based materials, limiting emission of greenhouse gases and reducing ecotoxic impact of microplastics. At the same time, the materials should meet the highest technical performance and withstand the longterm harsh marine environment including mechanical forces, aggressive environment, intense UV light etc. Meeting this duality is a major challenge.

SeaBioComp is aiming to address this challenge. See the About the Project Page for more information.

Catch up on the final SeaBioComp conference via video

The SeaBioComp final conference took place in Ostende 19th January 2023 with the theme; 'Bio-based Composites; are they a viable solution for the marine environment?'...(Read More)

Posted on 2023-02-07 09:50:44 By

SeaBioComp project develops demonstrator products from biocomposites for marine applications

SeaBioComp has successfully produced a number of demonstrator products for the marine environment, using different manufacturing processes, to showcase its flax based thermoplastic biocomposites. ...(Read More)

Posted on 2022-07-27 12:30:03 By

SeaBioComp partners publish paper on 'Behaviour of a self-reinforced polylactic acid (SRPLA) in seawater

A number of SeaBioComp partners have collaborated to get this paper on the 'Behaviour of SRPLA in seawater' published in Science Direct. ...(Read More)

Posted on 2022-06-17 11:45:10 By

SeaBioComp project partners