FLIPT Project

Making New Polymers From Old

Designing Cellulose Based Aquamelts

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Kick Off Meeting Photo

Sheffield September 2016

Word Map of FLIPT Proposal

Inspired by Aquamelts

UK Based FLIPT Team

Proposed Aquamelt Pathway

Making Old Polymers New

Designing Cellulose Based Aquamelts



FLow Induced Phase Transitions is a new European Commission H2020 Future Emerging Technologies OPEN project that seeks to change the way we currently think about plastic processing. Our interdisciplinary team are working on translating lessons from nature to make a new range of bioinspired polymers that can be processed with minimal energy input.

The group brings together researchers across the EU with a diverse set of backgrounds and interdisciplinary skills to better understand how Nature makes its materials, how they are used and how they evolved. We believe our work will help inform and improve how we process our own materials.

Natural materials have an important and interesting set of properties which have undergone hundreds of millions of years of research and design. As a result they are a unique source of inspiration for a wide range of today’s industrial and societal challenges, from sustainable materials to high performance fibres and biomedical implants.

Use the links above to find out more about what we can do.

Our Team


The FLIPT consortium an exciting mix of researchers from across the EU. Click through to find out more about the team and the work they are currently doing on developing new ways to process polymers that are inspired by nature.


Contact Info

FLIPT PCO Dr Chris Holland
Dept. Materials Science and Engineering,
The University of Sheffield
Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield, S. Yorks S1 3JD
+44 (0)114 222 5477

E-mail: FLIPT@sheffield.ac.uk