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VISION Vision for the proposed centre  of excellence is to provide  scientific expertise on  sustainable polymers to various  research institutions and  industrial partners at one  platform. The centre will also be  actively involved in training  industrial workforce and  creating awareness on the  benefits of sustainable  polymers in the society. The  centre will be in continuous  interaction with leading experts  of this field and mutually share  knowledge thereby achieving  international recognition.  
MOTIVATION  Plastics are the most commonly used materials in today’s scenario due to their low cost, light weight, easy processability and can be commercially produced from the abundantly available petrochemical and renewable bio-feedstock. However, more than ninety percent of polymers are produced by exploiting petrochemical feedstock. It is noteworthy to mention that currently packaging sector accounts for over forty percent of the total worldwide plastics consumption. Such plastics are categorically used in commodity, engineering, and medical applications. However, high-volume usage of conventional non-degradable plastics is compromising the environmental sustainability.   To overcome the above limitations of conventional plastics, CoE-SusPol will be exploring a large number of alternatives including bio-based plastics. These have obtained increased attention both, due to their ability to be degraded naturally into fundamental components and due to the fact that they can be prepared from renewable resources. Significant efforts have been made to produce biodegradable plastic materials with similar functionalities as their conventional counterparts.
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MISSION The proposed ‘Centre of Excellence for  Sustainable Polymers’ aims to develop  cost effective and scalable technologies for the production of biodegradable polymer  based end products using both  petrochemical and renewable bio-  feedstock. This will be achieved by utilizing  existing and proposed state-of-the-art  facilities in the area of biopolymer  extraction, biodegradable polymer  synthesis and polymer processing.  Degradation, recycling and reusability of  such environmental friendly polymers into  useful polymers and chemicals will also be  a critical focus area of the proposed centre. The centre will actively disseminate its  R&D output through publications, patents,  technology transfer and licensing for its  long term sustainability.  
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