Invited Talk: Waste Valorization: an Approach to Advanced Functional Materials
- Conference: Global Symposium on Waste Plastic
- Year: 2019
- Proceeding: 2019 Global Symposium on Waste Plastic
- Group: Abstract Submissions
- Time: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 1:55pm-2:20pm
The development of non-halogenated flame retardant materials (FR) using co-products obtained from the food industry will be presented. It has been demonstrated that combinations of naturally occurring phenols and phytic acid can be utilized to yield additives that have excellent char forming and fire retardant properties.
Biobased and bio-inspired surfactants are the second class of materials that will be discussed. Non-ionic surfactants such as nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE), are being phased out due to their aquatic toxicity. A new class of surfactants based on polysaccharides obtained predominantly from fruit waste has been developed recently. These surfactants derived from waste exhibit surface activity similar to that of NPE.
These two examples demonstrate the possibility of utilizing co-products to develop advanced functional materials that serve as sustainable alternatives to toxic materials such as halogenated flame-retardants and toxic surfactants. The benefits for the pursuit of materials research using waste feedstock transcends sustainability considerations and often opens exciting possibilities, making it worthwhile from a scientific and commercial perspective.