Developing sustainably based materials, as an alternative for many everyday products, is a key focus for organisations looking for the next commercial, yet environmentally friendly, success story. One potentially innovative process is the use of starch and cellulose to make interpenetrating network (IPN) gels.

Our scientist believe waste from food crops, such as potatoes and sugar, could be ‘recycled’ into a gel for use in a range of products – including fibre based food thickening agents, a gelatin substitute, beauty creams, medical gels, emulsions and packaging. GelEnz are investigating new methods of creating gels from starch and cellulose feedstocks, which might otherwise go to waste.

This gel product could become a revolutionary material in pharmaceutical, beauty, home product and food industries, as a replacement for existing unsustainable resources.