March 19, 2014

making waterproof paper using natural enzymes

A technological innovation that could revolutionise the paper industry

A researcher at the Terrassa Campus patents a biotechnology product to make waterproof paper using natural enzymes

Oriol Cusola, a member of the CelBiotech paper research group on the UPC's Terrassa Campus, has patented a natural aqueous compound that gives advanced properties to any cellulose base material. The patent was an outcome of Cusola's doctoral thesis supervised by Blanca Roncero and Cristina Valls. Using biotechnological and environmentally friendly methods, it will allow the surface of paper products to be modified simply without interrupting the production process and will help save large amounts of chemicals.