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.

SeaBioComp Masterclass on 3D printing of Biopolymers stimulates lively interaction

2020 has required new ways to connect with businesses, stakeholders and interested parties in order to disseminate project results. ...(Read More)

Posted on 2020-09-22 11:04:42 By

Assessment of degradability and toxicity of biobased composites available to download

Information on the work being undertaken by project parnter VLIZ on the assessment of the biodegradability and toxicity of biobased composites as part of the SeaBioComp project is now available in a download....(Read More)

Posted on 2020-06-18 10:07:36 By

Designs and tests of 3D printed biopolymer fender available to download

A report into the first designs and tests of 3D printed biopolymer fenders is now available to download from the SeaBioComp project. ...(Read More)

Posted on 2020-06-18 10:02:36 By

SeaBioComp project partners