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Development of improved nanocellulose based rheology modifiers for personal care products

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Project Description

With an ever increasing push towards sustainability and environmentally friendly products, Unilever is actively evaluating bio-based functional materials for use in Home and Personal Care products (HPC). Nanocellulose (CNF), particularly bacterial CNF, is a bio-based, environmentally friendly functional polysaccharide, but it’s use is cost prohibitive. This project looks to evaluate a more cost effective source of CNF whilst offering “market leading” performance; CNF derived from Laminaria hyperborea macroalgae. This innovative macroalgal CNF is a market first, and is produced by the Material Sciences Group of Edinburgh Napier University led by Dr Mark Dorris, from the final residue of Marine Biopolymers Limited (MBL) Seaweed Bio-refinery (patented). This proposed project aims to produce Laminaria hyperborea CNF for functional, safety and affordability evaluation by Unilever for use in its HPC products. The project will assess the material against the performance of bacterial CNF and will also assess the market and the cost of production at scale.

Status Project Complete
Funder(s) University of Stratchlyde (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre)
Value £24,828.00
Project Dates Mar 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021
Partner Organisations Unilever UK Limited
Marine Biopolymers Ltd