ARC Training Centre in Bioplastics and Biocomposites

As the world transitions towards the integration of bioplastics into a more sustainable plastics economy, there is a real opportunity for Australia to transform our existing plastics industry, and to become a major global bioplastics player within the next decade.

The ARC Training Centre in Bioplastics and Biocomposites will develop industry-ready specialists to underpin Australia’s transition to a globally significant bioplastics and biocomposites industry.

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Associate Professor Steven Pratt
e: s.pratt@uq.edu.au

We will achieve this through:

  1. Delivering advances in technology for the development of bioplastic and biocomposite products for the new bioeconomy;
  2. Training a cohort of industry‐ready researchers, laying the foundations for accelerated growth in Australia’s bioplastics and biocomposites industry; and
  3. Establishing linkages between leading research groups and partner organisations to strengthen the capabilities of Australian industry to service rapidly growing local and international markets in bio-derived and biodegradable products.

 

Queensland is the hub for world-leading research in bioplastics and biocomposites

Chief Investigators

Investigators

  • Director – A/Prof Steven Pratt (Training Centre Director) The University of Queensland
  • Theme 1 – Prof Ian O'Hara, Queensland University of Technology
  • Theme 2 – Prof Paul Lant, The University of Queensland
  • Theme 3 – A/Prof Bronwyn Laycock, The University of Queensland
  • Theme 4 – Prof Helen Ross, The University of Queensland
  • Prof Peter Halley, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Marguerite Renouf, Queensland University of Technology
  • Prof Darren Martin, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Luigi Vandi, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Adrian Oehmen, The University of Queensland
  • Prof Kevin Thomas, The University of Queensland
  • A/Prof Paul Jensen, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Laleh Vash, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Anna Phelan, The University of Queensland
  • Prof Kathryn Fairfull-Smith, Queensland University of Technology
  • Prof William Clarke, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Severine van Bommel, The University of Queensland
  • Prof Peta Ashworth, The University of Queensland

Partner Investigators

  • Dr Desmond Richardson, Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) Limited
  • Dr Michael O'Shea, Sugar Research Australia Limited
  • Mr Michael Burke, Queensland State Government
  • Adj A/Prof Nicholas McCaffrey, Plantic Technologies Limited
  • Mr Mark Baczynski, The Manildra Group
  • Mr Peter Brisbane, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd
  • Mr Yanning He, Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd
  • Dr Alan Werker, Promiko AB