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CICECO’s research published in the journal Polymer Chemistry
Review work of the UA discloses how the plastics of the future will be like
Os investigadores do CICECO Marina Matos, Andreia Sousa, Armando Silvestre, Carla Vilela e Carmen Freire
How will the plastics of the future be like? What kind of renewable sources may be used in the production of bioplastics? These and other relevant questions for the future of planet Earth, where fossil resources are scarce to produce the array of plastics that we use daily, were answered by a team of researchers from CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials in a review work published in Polymer Chemistry.

The research done by the research centre of the University of de Aveiro (UA), which features on the journal’s back cover, highlights the use of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), obtained from sugars from plants, for the production of the plastics of the future.

“To develop new plastics from renewable sources in an environmentally friendly way is determinant for the sustainable development of our society”, claims Andreia Sousa, post-doc of CICECO who coordinated the study. The article Biobased polyesters and other polymers from 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid: a tribute to furan excellency gives the reader a critical view on the use of FDCA, synthesized from sugars of plant origin, in the synthesis of polymers, especially the polyesters.

The work, led by CICECO researchers Andreia Sousa, Carla Vilela, Carmen Freire, Marina Matos and Armando Silvestre, was carried out with the participation of Gert-Jan Gruter, CEO of the Dutch research and technology company, and Ana Fonseca and Jorge Coelho from the University of Coimbra.

The review work includes a significant number of references to articles and patents, illustrating the interest of this theme both in academia and industry. However, until the publication of this study, that may be found here, there was no written work reviewing FDCA-based polymers.

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