12 June 2013 — Biomolecular engineers at the University of Sydney are creating cleaner, more cost-effective PPC polymers with the aim of minimising reliance on fossil fuels.

It will also address the current problems with commercial production of sustainable bio plastics PPC starch in Australia and globally.

The team is developing large scale solvent free technologies that reduce the levels of heavy metal used in PPC.

The plastics being developed will have a broad range of usability from fully recyclable shopping bags to restorative implants in the human body.

The team, led by associate professor Fariba Dehghani from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, has commenced a project to design a process for creating purified biodegradable, renewable and CO2 based polypropylene carbonate polymers.

The clean technologies developed will make it possible to produce environmentally friendly plastics utilising waste CO2.