Biobased technical products

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Development of biolubricants#

Biogenic raw materials for sustainable biobased technical products

In order to move towards a bioeconomy with sustainable biobased production it is necessary to develop biobased technical products such as lubricants, adhesives, cleaning agents, and coatings. The challenge is how to replace fossil and synthetic raw materials with sustainable biogenic alternatives whilst maintaining high technofunctionality.

Our strategy here is to utilize residual and waste materials from the agricultural and food industries. The aim of our work is to enhance the value of natural resources and improve the sustainability of technical products.

Substitution of individual product components or new development of biobased product systems

We have in-depth expertise in the utilization of biogenic raw materials. In collaboration with you we develop new concepts for biobased and biodegradable chemical-technical products.

Either individual product components can be replaced by biobased alternatives or completely new product systems based on sustainable biogenic raw materials can be developed.

Our small pilot plant facilities are suitable for manufacturing product samples in volumes up to 300 liters. For subsequent industrial implementation we can provide assistance with technology scale-up.

Range of services for biobased technical products#

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Using an optimal combination of base fluid and additives we customize lubricants for specific applications.

Highly functional biobased coatings

  • Protein-based coatings for paper
  • Biobased barrier layers (oxygen, water vapor) for packaging
  • Biobased protective coatings (e.g. for wood)

Proteins for sustainable functionality

Utilize the diverse functionalities of proteins – having emulsifying, foam-forming, film-forming, gelling, and wetting properties -  for the sustainability of your technical products.

Biobased additives from plant-based substances

Secondary plant substances (SPSs) have excellent functionality and can be used to replace synthetic additives in technical products, so improving product recyclability and biodegradability.

Development of biolubricants#

Plant oils and also water with biopoymers can be used as the base fluid for biolubricants. The addition of additives is, however, indispensable for high functionality. Secondary plant substances (SPSs) having intrinsic functional properties can, for example, be used for this.

The raw materials determine the properties of a biolubricant

In the product development stage we consider the properties of the raw materials and interactions between the formulation components. Synergistic effects of components are used to optimize the lubricant characteristics.

We also employ enzymatic methods to improve the technofunctional properties. For plant oil based biolubricants in particular this enables the lubrication effect, viscosity, and solubility of the additives to be positively influenced. For water-based biolubricants the development of special bioplymers allows customization of technofunctional properties such as the thermal and physical stability and viscosity.

Utilization of industrial waste materials as raw materials

The raw materials we use to manufacture biolubricants are mostly recovered from waste industrial materials that up until now have not been exploited. We are thus contributing to holistic and sustainable usage of industrial raw materials.

We have developed efficient extraction methods for this on a laboratory scale right up to small pilot plant quantities.

Highly functional biobased coatings#

Make your coated products more sustainable and recyclable while retaining their functionality with biobased materials.
We’re here to help you chose the right raw material for your use case. Our analytical tools can characterize raw materials’ properties in great detail. Drawing on polysaccharides, proteins and waxes with customized functions and formulations, we develop highly functional biobased coatings tailored to your process technology.
We can adapt existing formulations as well as develop new formulation systems for you. Assessments of chemical and functional properties as applied to the target product are carried out at every stage of the formulation’s development.

Protein-based paper coatings

Proteins form films, cross-link and disperse well, all of which makes them very good biobased binding agents for use in paper coatings and aqueous dispersion paints. They can replace synthetic, acrylate-based binding agents.

Biobased barrier layers for packaging

Proteins provide a good oxygen barrier, so they are biobased alternatives to synthetic barrier films for food packaging such as EVOH (ethylene vinyl copolymer) and PVDC (polyvinylidene chloride). Vegetable waxes can serve as a water vapor barrier to replace synthetic polyolefins in composite packaging.

Biobased wood coatings and varnishes

The film-forming properties of proteins in biobased wood stains provide excellent protection against water stains and tarnishing.