Services

Biomaterials Consultancy

 

We can provide support for developing new biomaterials and its derivatives, selecting appropriate biomaterials for specific applications, understanding reasons for failure, or addressing manufacturing problems. We have well-qualified consultants who are experts in the biomaterials field, including: metals, alloys, inorganic materials, ceramics, glass, plastics, polymers, elastomers, and composites. We can look into the basic chemistry related stuff, product development, processing followed by its translation through a pilot to industrial scale processes. We can also address physical or chemical issues such as adhesion, flocculation, dispersion, wear, adhesion, lubricants and the strength and durability of various different kinds of biomaterials and biopolymers as discussed in subsequent section.

With a growing focus on developing products produced from sustainable sources, biopolymers or bioplastics have increasingly attracted attention as they can be derived from renewable materials and can act as substitutes for polymers made from petrochemical feedstocks.  These materials include natural biopolymers (such as starches and proteins), synthetic biopolymers (such as polylactic acid), biopolymer blends, and composites based on natural and synthetic biopolymers. Biopolymer alternatives include materials such and Polylactic acid (PLA).  Biopolymers is an expanding area of interest, and accordingly our experts have worked for global clients on many types of biopolymer such as PLAs, PHAs (PHBs and PHBVs), PGAs, PLGAs, PEF and PCL with more established cellulose and starch-derived polymers (and other variants) under development.  Biopolymers-based materials are being developed and being used in a range of applications such as packaging, furniture, building products, medical devices (e.g. tissue scaffolds), drug delivery technologies and electronics. For each application the biopolymer must be explored for processability and tested to ensure good performance and conformity to industry regulations, such as food packaging legislation. Whether being used as bulk polymers, films, fibres or nanomaterials, our polymer science teams have vast experience within biopolymer fields and are well-placed to assist product developers characterize their bio-polymers chemically and physically, to measure key processing parameters such as rheological properties, to explore their processability and determine thermal and mechanical properties.

 

We are well acquainted with the regulatory and performance testing requirements for a wide range of applications – particularly in the  food packaging and medical device sectors. Our expertise can provide you with the information you need to accelerate your product development or comply with regulations and our consulting services can guide you through the complex route to market launch.

Biomaterials Development and Material Testing

List of experts in our team for Material Science area:

  • Composite materials and components, such as large filament-wound liquid storage vessels

  • Membranes for filtration, purification, RO, fuel cells

  • Biomaterials for artificial limbs, orthopedic implants, artificial organs

  • Additives for flame resistance, UV and thermal stability

  • Adhesives and sealants (solvent, water, hot melt, pressure sensitive)

  • Colloids, colloidal chemistry and surfactants

  • Corrosion and fluid resistance

  • Wear and friction, Fatigue testing, Failure analysis and fracture mechanics

  • Ion exchange resins and membranes

  • Rheology, viscosity and shear response, stability and testing

  • Lubricants, oil, grease and friction modifiers

  • Biomaterials based supercapacitors

  • Biopolymer chemical testing

  • Biopolymer Physical and mechanical properties testing

Biomaterial Processing

 

We have a strong experts of network which includes experts in chemical manufacturing, polymer manufacturing and processing, textile fiber and carbon fiber manufacturing, and composites production. We can recommend individuals or we can assemble teams of experts to develop the basic technology package needed to design and build plants or specific unit operations. The breadth of our network also allows us to provide you with both regulatory and intellectual property consultants to meet legal standards and avoid any known proprietary technology. The types of information we can provide include:

  • Unit operations and major process equipment

  • Process flow diagrams

  • Raw material specifications

  • Heat and mass balances

  • Final product specifications and quality metrics

  • Plant testing and test methods protocols