Microplastics in formulations: Challenges and possible solutions

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.45 to 14.00, Stage 5


Dr Jim BullockDirector, iFormulate Limited

About this presentation

Solid polymer materials have historically been used across different industries including agrochemicals and cosmetics to provide user benefits in numerous formulations. However, as awareness has grown of the harmful environmental consequences of microplastics, researchers and manufacturers have had to respond with new and alternative technologies. In this presentation we will take a closer look at the challenges of microplastic replacement in formulations and review some of the newer approaches which are reaching the market.

Speaker Bio:

With over 30 years of industry experience, Dr Jim Bullock is co-founder and director of iFormulate Ltd which since 2012 has provided R&D support to companies engaged in formulation across all chemical-using industries. At iFormulate, Jim has carried out numerous consultancy and training assignments for companies in industries as diverse as agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, cleaning products, biocides, inks, coatings and foods. After a D.Phil from Oxford, Jim led R&D projects in imaging at Ilford Ltd and activities on crystal engineering and dye formulation and chemistry at ICI/Zeneca. At BASF, in UK and Germany, he headed formulation development for colours and held marketing, strategy, R&D and regulatory affairs functions for BASF’s global biocides business. Jim served as a board director at Agion Technologies in USA and was CEO of Intelligent Formulation Ltd which promoted formulation technology in the UK.