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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 15, pp 6183–6187 | Cite as

Woolrock—a material for technical use consisting of keratin

  • Manfred DrackEmail author
  • Robert Wimmer
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Abstract

This article debates the production of mouldings made of keratin. It is demonstrated that the properties of keratin allow for being processed with heat and pressure to manufacture tough mouldings without chemical preprocessing of the used wool. This material thus has a high potential as a bioplastic, because it potentially can be used with conventional plastic manufacturing techniques. Additionally, it might also serve as an adhesive in various applications. The biobased material might become a sustainable source for mouldings.

Keywords

Polylactic Acid Injection Moulding Wool Fibre Material Wool Hemp Fibre 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We kindly thank Ille C. Gebeshuber for providing a measurement device and for carefully reading the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Appropriate Technology (GrAT)Vienna University of TechnologyWienAustria
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical BiologyUniversity of ViennaWienAustria

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