Chip[s] Board | Perfecting Parblex®
Chip[S] Board is a bio-materials development company with a vision to create a true circular-economy bioplastic, using food waste as a raw material. They have developed a process to transform it into Parblex® bioplastics and Chip[s] Board® composites.
We are working with the Materials Department at Loughborough University to develop next-generation Parblex® biopolymers. The R&D effort will focus on the addition of bioplasticisers, and other bioderived additives into current Parblex® formulations to achieve substantial property improvements which could find applications in the fashion industry.
The project launched in March 2020.
Dr David Grandy
R&D Project Lead
For the last eight years, David has been with the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre, specialising in thermal analysis and atomic force microscopy. After gaining a PhD in the development AFM-probe based thermal analysis of polymers, he ran his own materials testing consultancy. Prior to that, he worked as a materials and processes engineer in the railway vehicle manufacturing industry and as a corrosion engineer for an electronics and instrumentation company supplying corrosion monitoring systems to the process industries.
R&D Company Lead
Chip[s] Board Ltd
Prof Gary Critchlow
R&D Academic Mentor
Gary is the Professor of Surface & Interface Science at Loughborough University. He has spent over thirty years developing high performance coatings to address industrial challenges, particularly in the automotive, aerospace, military and space sectors. He has a strong track record of collaborating with both other research providers and industrialists to provide innovative coating solutions in applications such as: hexavalent chromium-free corrosion protection schemes for aerospace and space applications; pretreatments for structural bonding of airframes and armour; ultrahydrophobic coatings for aerofoil surfaces; stealth coatings for windfarms, and; oil-water separation technologies. Gary would be delighted to be a conduit to help transfer some of the technologies developed in these other sectors into the fashion industry. Gary has:
- A good understanding of coating processes from the atomic-scale upwards and the role of chemistry and structure in determining properties across widespread applications;
- Extensive experience of progressing material coating solutions from the laboratory (TRL1) to application in the real world, in high performance applications (TRL 9), and;
- Ability to put together teams of researchers and industrial partners; such collaborative partnerships are now often required to address the grand societal challenges.