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Biocompatible flexible polymer alloys based on polyesters from renewable resources for mass consumer applications involving contact with human fluids and tissues

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01355
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 4,490,000 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,399,981 EUR
Scientific Officer: Ciaran MANGAN
Research topic: 5.2. The integrated production and exploitation of biological materials for non-food uses

Abstract:
The massive consumption of crude fossil fuel, both as energy source and as raw material supply, results in environmental penalties incompatible with the concept of sustainable growth in a modern society. In this context, production of fine chemicals through their natural synthesis by fermentation of excess agricultural products or agro-industrial sub-products is a very appealing alternative compared to their conventional production from petrochemical sources. In particular, the synthesis from natural resources of polymers which could be blended with poly vinyl chloride (PVC), for production of polymer alloys with properties comparable to plasticised PVC grades. This could lead to a total replacement of phthalate PVC plasticisers nowadays heavily contested from both medical and environmental points of view, especially in highly demanding applications such as blood and plasma bags, medical tubing or toys, which will be an extremely successful development due to the very high volumes of productions involved and the resulting safety improvement for these highly demanding applications.


Coordinator
Silvano ROLLA
EVC Compounds Italia
Argenta Ferrara
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0532804295
Fax: +39 0532852100
E-mail: lab@evc-comp.it


Partners
  Agnès MIGNOT
VYGON SA
Ecouen
FRANCE
Tel.:
E-mail: amignot@vygon.com
  Ana LENIS
PRONEFRO - Produtos Nefrologicos, S.A.
Maia
PORTUGAL
Tel.:
E-mail: ana@pronefro.pt
  Patrick TAILLADE
G.I.E. Lesaffre Developpement
Marcq-en-Baroeul
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 3 20816100
Fax: +33 3 20206423
E-mail: pt@lesaffre.fr
  John DAVIES
Polumer Laboratories Ltd
Church Stretton
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.:
E-mail: John.Davies@polymerlabs.com
  Maria Luisa MARTIN
JESMAR S.A.
Biar
SPAIN
Tel.:
E-mail: proyectos@aiju.es
  Elisabetta RANUCCI
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
Stockholm
SWEDEN
Tel.:
E-mail: ranucci@polymer.kth.se
  Dante GATTESCHI
Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienze
Milan
ITALY
Tel.:
E-mail: gattesch@chim1.unifi.it
  Giuseppe LATINI
Azienda Ospedaliera Antonio di Summa
Brindisi
ITALY
Tel.:
E-mail: gilatini@tin.it