The materials of the 21th century
Polymeric materials protect our food in a safe way from being spoilt and thrown away. They make cars lighter, so they consume less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide. They conserve energy by insulating our houses or guiding light into our solar panels. New plastic technologies emerge, leading to solar cells or LED lighting in TVs, all based on polymers. Innovative processing technologies are being explored, such as 3D printing, also called Additive Manufacturing. Possibilities in future applications based on plastics are virtually endless.
Welcome to our world of plastics!
Polymeric materials, or plastics, offer great opportunities for a large variety of new applications. For a sustainable world, a circular economy, and therefore the end-of-use of plastics based applications, is an important factor Brightlands Materials Center considers.
The world population will continue to grow in the 21st century to become nine billion by 2050. The need for new sustainable products and materials will grow with it as well. This asks for an efficient way of using and re-using materials. Brightlands Materials Center will take up this responsibility and dedicate its research and development programs and other activities to a sustainable society.