Bio-design of Sustainable Composite Materials
The Composites Leadership Forum 2016 UK strategy identified opportunities to grow the current composite product market from £2.3bn to £12bn by 2030. Action is required to produce a Composite industry that is sustainable into the future. Increasing the market penetration of composites will reduce environmental impact through light-weighting and durability, but there is a need to develop cost-effective bio-based materials to further reduce the environmental impact and de-couple prices from oil.
This workshop will identify the technology needs and gap perspective and inform where the UK has specific leading positions, forming a series of recommendations.
Programme (subject to change)
10:30 Welcome: Rachael Rowlands-Jones, KTN
10:40 Overview of Sustainable Composites: Steven Brown, Composites UK
11:00 Chemistry needs for Sustainable Composite Materials: Sohail Hajatdoost, Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry
11:20 Bio-based routes to sustainable monomers: Dr Tom Farmer, University of York
11:40 Introduction to Breakout Sessions: Rachael Rowlands-Jones, KTN
11:45 Session 1
12:30 Lunch & Networking
13:30 Session 2
14:00 Group Feedback
14:30 Next Steps