The University of Newcastle’s Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), has signed an agreement worth $2.119 million with InnovationClub Pty Ltd to further their research on plastic alternatives.
The research, led by Doctor Thava Palanisami and Professor Ajayan Vinu, will develop novel bioplastics prototypes with improved functionality and environmental performance.
By using the GICAN Plastic Research Team’s expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, the funding will support the characterisation and optimisation of products manufactured by InnovationClub, including Bio-pellet and bioplastics.
GICAN is recognised as a world leader in microplastics research, with Dr Palanisami having been invited by the United Nations in January to showcase the team’s work at the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues.
GICAN said that the team are excited to further their research and to assist InnovationClub in their efforts to better come to terms with this critical issue for global human health.