Bio-based products & technologies
Scion is developing new bioproducts with targeted functionalities such as lighter weight, heat and water resistance, durability, toughness and flame retardancy.
We take a circular bioeconomy approach, focussing on converting renewable biological resources, including waste streams, into bio-based products. We focus on using side and waste streams from the forest, agriculture and other sectors as feedstocks to make bio-products that can compete with petroleum-based counterparts not only on sustainability criteria but also on enhanced performance and novelty.
Read more about New Zealand's bioeconomy - Dr Florian Graichen in The Orchardist, December 2017
Read nine of our success stories from molecular to tree-scale and from lab-scale to commercialisation.
Biopolymers, processing biomass using extrusion, fillers and novel bio-based additives are some of the products and processes we focus on. Using what nature provides, green chemistry principles and ensuring cost-effectiveness, we develop technologies utilising renewable resources for plastics, adhesives, coatings, foams, pulp and packaging and fibre-composites.
Biotransformation, or modifying (bio)materials, uses microbes, enzymes and other agents derived from bio-organisms (biological processes) to breakdown and transform biomass into biofuels, bioplastics such as PHA and other products. The rise of biotransformation reflects a shift towards industrial practices that focus on using renewable materials instead of fossil fuels. We specialise in developing industrial fermentation and identifying and using new biocatalysts.