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Researchers to Develop New Process for Bio-based Microplastics for Shampoo

Published on 2019-09-27. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Natural/ Organic     Hair Care    

microplastics-in-cosmetic-productsTU Bergakademie Freiberg’s scientists are working on the production of new bio-based and biodegradable microparticles for cosmetic products like shampoos.

In the upcoming years, the Chair of Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg will be working together to develop an innovative atomization process for bio-based, biodegradable polymer materials, along with the scientists of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz and the TU Munich as well as three industrial partners.

Process to Develop Bio-based Microplastics


  • The feed material is obtained from natural substances and melted.
  • The melt is forced through a nozzle via a high-speed gas flow.
  • The melt decays into individual droplets, which form predominantly spherical particles after solidification.
  • Microplastics developed by this process will perform the same function in cosmetics.
  • The scientists are expecting that the nature-based microparticles can be removed much easier and faster from the wastewater.

Environment-friendly Microparticles


  • These microparticles may replace the environmentally harmful microparticles in shampoos and other cosmetics.
  • The Bio shampoo project examines the complete chain process from conception of the process, particle development, integration into a final product (shampoo), and final biodegradability testing after initiation into the water cycle.

The Central Innovation Program for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (ZIM) will be funding the project with a total of approximately 1.1 million Euros. The scientists were and are supported by the innoscripta GmbH Munich, in the project application and implementation.


Source: TU Bergakademie Freiberg
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