University of Oulu’s Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry Develops Bioplastic Capable of Blocking UV Rays:


  • The plastic is said to be entirely biobased based
  • Airtightness of the said plastic is 3-4 times higher that PET plastics

Finland: The scientists at University of Oulu have developed a new biomass-based plastic that offers protection from UV rays emitting from the sun, as opposed to the conventional carbon-based plastics. The recently developed biomass-based copolymer’s bisfuran structure was found to be successful in preventing the passage of UV Rays through that material.

The airtightness of the recently tested copolymer is also claimed to be 3-4 times higher than conventional plastics giving it an applicational edge in the food and beverage industry.

The biopolymer manufactured is completely a biomass-based plastic. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and Furfural are the main raw materials used in the production of this biopolymer. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and Furfural are the biorefinery products derived from hemicellulose and cellulose. Researchers have chemically combined these to create a copolymer parts with both furan and bisfuran like structures. Researchers have also filed for a patent for this copolymer.

The study was also able to determine that bioplastics have better properties for human use than the conventional crude oil-based plastics. In addition to this the highly amorphous nature of this copolymer helps in producing extremely thin transparent sheets of plastics. With its UV blocking properties this grants this copolymer a wide range of industry applications.

Industry applications for this copolymer ranges from food and beverage, automobiles, electronics, construction, aviation, shipping, agriculture etc.