Chip[s] Labs, formerly Chip[s] Board, is a sustainable research company focusing on valorising food waste. Utilising by-products created during industrial food Manufacturing, Chip[s] Labs have developed multiple technologies to convert this overwise low-value feedstock into commodity chemicals.
Through the BFTT Programme, Chip[s] Labs worked with Loughborough University to develop next-generation Parblex® biopolymers. Bringing together an experienced, transdisciplinary team, the R&D effort focused on adding bioplasticisers and other bioderived additives into current Parblex® formulations to achieve substantial property improvements for application in the fashion industry.
The partnership allowed Chip[s] Labs to accelerate R&D at the bench scale, resulting in trial batch samples of Parblex® being sent out to multiple brands for compatibility and quality testing.
In late 2022 Chip[s] Labs stepped back from the production of materials and focused on other developed technologies that feature earlier in the process. The company is now expanding their technology around the conversion of food waste into commodity chemicals, specifically lactic acid, which will be utilised across a wide range of sectors and industries.
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.