Supporting Circular Economy through Innovations in Sustainable Materials

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BioComposites Research Network (BioCRN) is a Canadian-International network launched by UBC Cluster of Research Excellence in Biocomposites aiming to undertake highly collaborative research projects to develop novel biocomposites (including biofibres and bioplastics) from agricultural and forestry feedstocks that will minimise the impact of conventional plastic-based materials on the environment.

The undertaking research projects focus on the entire production supply chain, from biomass feedstock genetics and biocomposites manufacturing to multi-criterial performance assessment of the final product, including durability, end-of-life and socio-economic impact.

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Register for the BioCRN Research Day


The second Research Day of the Biocomposites Research Network is set to happen virtually on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020. The format of this event will be four invited presentations by senior members from academia and companies, followed by an interactive panel discussion. The aim of the panel session is to foster longer-form discussions between the BioCRN members and presenters about the broader biocomposites challenges and opportunities. Register here today and join this exciting collaborative event!

Circular Economy Seed Funding


UBC under coordination of the Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI), with support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), has launched a seed funding program to advance the Circular Economy in British Columbia (BC) through joint efforts by UBC researchers and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The fund will support university-industry projects that aim at encouraging circularity over the life cycles of materials and products. This can be achieved by, for example, creating a new…

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