We are developing technology for the production of natural biopolymers using bioprocess technology. An example is the Nereda® process. This uses granular sludge processes to allow rapid sedimentation and easy removal of exopolymer containing particles. The polymer is obtained from the particles via advanced extraction processes.
Combining traditional materials with state-of the art materials science we can mimic the structure of natural materials like nacre (shells), teeth and bones. We can design lightweight polymer materials with ultimate properties surpassing those of man-made synthetic polymers.
Nacre like structure of Na-alg/MMT (J. Zlopasa, TU Delft)