Research & Development
Research & Development
At CETEC we have been researching and providing innovation to the footwear and plastics sector for more than 25 years. Recently, we started several research lines related to biotechnology and sustainability.
Development of ad-hoc formulationsFor soils according to our clients requirements.
Sustainable by Design formulationSafe and sustainable by design of plastics and rubber formulations.
Efficient recycling alternatives for footwearMaterials including rubber, TPU, TR.
Research into biobased materialsResearch into biobased materials for footwear applications.
Circularity, safety and environmental studies of plastics materialsIncluding LCA analysis.
Ecodesign of footwear.Design and sustainability all in once.
Advanced Materials Research
Production of plastics and bioplastics materialsWith active additives as antimicrobials, and antioxidants.
Formulation and compoundingBiobased plastics to enhance their processability and stability; to develop high-barrier materials for packaging applications; and, to develop anti-fouling materials with optimal light diffusion, UV-stability, reflection for agricultural applications.
Material developmentThermoplastics composites and nanocomposites; new recyclable plastic materials alternative to multilayers; high-performance biobased polymers; and tailor-made biobased compounds alternative to fossil counterparts.
Plastics & Materials Laboratory
Plastics Sustainability & Circularity
Safe and sustainable plastics materials developmentCETEC is committed to the development of safe and sustainable materials through specific research lines.
Mechanical recyclingCompabilization strategies of plastics wastes, including formulation and extrusion processes.
Biotechnological RecyclingCETEC develops routes of modification and pre-treatment of the plastic wastes to increase their affinity to the microorganisms aimed to increase the biotransformation efficiency.
Compostability and biodegradation studiesCETEC develops industrial and home compostability studies as well as biodegradation studies in relevant environments (soil, fresh water, marine environment).
Biotechnology R&D Lines
Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from industrial wastes by microorganismsPolyhydroxyalkanoates are linear polyesters produced in nature by bacteria and other microorganisms under stress as an energy and carbon reserve. Among the advantages, we found this type of bioplastics is 100% biodegradable in various habitats such as soil, sea, or stagnant water, both in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
Biotechnological solutions for degradation and recycling of plastics: enzymatic recycling, biodegradation & biotransformation of plastic residues by microorganismsApplication of enzymes for degradation of thermoplastics and research on biodegradation and biotransformation of plastics wastes by microorganisms aimed to obtain high-added value products to be used in the industry.
Bioremediation of nitrates, phosphates, nitrites, heavy metals from marine and brackish watersOur services are based on the intervention of microorganisms in bioremediation processes of contaminated water and soil, mining waste, sewage sludge, and material from dredging ports.