BioComposites Centre - Bangor University, UK
Robert Elias is the Director of the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University with a staff of 26 Scientists. The centre was established in 1989 which works with companies to develop new technologies based on the use of sustainable materials. The centre has state of the art facilities including pilot scale equipment that enables companies to demonstrate their ideas by developing prototype materials. He has major interest in the development of bio-derived materials that reduce global warming potential and has an industrial and academic background in natural fibre production. His expertise includes wood based panel production, biomass extraction, chemical composition and product development. His current research interests include bio refining, production of bioplastic products, extraction of value added molecules from plant materials, utilisation of wastes and agricultural co-products for packaging and construction applications.