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From Biopaste to Bioplastic

From Biopaste to Bioplastic

The biopaste used to print this cylinder consists of 50 percent lignin and 50 percent cellulose. Photo: Lisa Ebers

A viscous biopaste that is easy to process, solidifies quickly and is suitable for producing even complex structures using the 3D printing process has been developed by a research team headed by Prof. Dr. Marie-Pierre Laborie from the Chair of Forest Biomaterials at the University of Freiburg. The wood-based biodegradable synthetic could potentially be used in lightweight construction, amongst other things. The scientists have published their initial results in the journals Applied Bio Materials and Biomacromolecules.

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