Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Kilpeläinen, Ilkka A
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Reshaping cellulose: nano and micro beads through molecular self-assembly
Decision No. 310481
Decision date 20.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 579 653
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Project description
Nano and micro sized particles of various chemical compositions are ubiquitous in our daily life. These minuscule particles (or beads, generally defined <5 mm in size) are commonly used in household products, cosmetics, lubricants, composite materials, elastomers etc. Over the years, microbeads (made of polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), nylon etc.) have replaced traditional, biodegradable alternatives such as ground nut shells or salt crystals. Eventually these micro beads end up into environment. The aim of the current project is to develop biobased and biodegradable products to replace current synthetic minuscale particles.