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Personality Jim Lunt bM:

Personality Jim Lunt bM: Dear Dr. Lunt, when and where were you born? JL: I was born in 1947 in St. Helens, Lancashire, UK bM: Where do you live today and since when? JL: In 1981 I moved to Canada then to Massachusetts in 1990 and in 1993 to Minneapolis, MN, USA where I still live today. bM: What is your education? JL: I obtained my PhD in Plastics Processing at the University of Liverpool, UK. bM: What is your professional function today? JL: I am the Vice President Sales & Marketing for Tianan Biologic Material Co. Ltd., I am also an independent consultant in biomaterials. bM: How did you ‘come to’ bioplastics? JL: I started my career in the UK in 1964, developing oil based plastic composites designed to displace metals. Early in the 1990’s we saw a growing concern around the end-oflife of traditional plastics which were ending up in landfills or as litter. While working at Nova Corp. we focused on making plastics UV-degradable. The initiative unfortunately failed due to a perception that it would encourage littering, which of course was not the intent. We were concentrating on how to collect and convert the material back to monomers when we learned of Cargill’s interest in producing a compostable plastic called polylactic acid (PLA) bM: What do you consider more important: ‘biobased’ or ‘biodegradable’? JL: I’ve seen a continuing transition in biopolymers since the early days. Initially, focus was on compostability, this moved to encompass renewable content, and finally to overall sustainability, effect on human health and environmental impact. This transition is primarily due to societal changes, lack of a composting infrastructure and the need for higher performance in many durable plastics applications. Many compostable plastics still end up in landfills. There is a growing demand for durable plastics based on renewable resources. Today around 12% of all bioplastics are for durable applications. This may increase to 40% in 2030 (as stated by European Bioplastics). bM: What is your biggest achievement (in terms of bioplastics) so far? JL: When I Joined Cargill in 1993 to work on PLA with Pat Gruber, there were very few people involved in this effort. I am one of the founder members of what was then called EcoPLA. I am also a founder member of Cargill Dow and Natureworks LLC. By 2005 the company had grown to around 240 people and the product was renamed Ingeo PLA. At Cargill we developed the initial prototype products and developed the infrastructure for 12.000 ton and eventually a 150.000 ton plant. I am a joint recipient of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for work in this area. bM: What are your biggest challenges for the future? JL: To enable Tianan, one of my largest clients, to be recognised as a reputable supplier of PHBV products with unique properties and then to scale-up. Many people still don’t think well about Chinese producers - but China is developing extremely fast! I am motivated to do my best in whatever I undertake and continue to learn, this is my personality. bM: What is your family status? JL: I am happily married. We have 34 year old daughter (Freelance Art Director/Designer), married and living in Minneapolis, and also a 40 year old son (Engineer) married and living with his family in Calgary, Alberta. My son has two children. bM: What is your favourite movie? JL: Star Trek series, followed closely by Milcho Manchevski’s ‘Before the Rain’. bM: What is your favourite book? JL: ‘The Long Walk’ by Slavomir Rawicz and ‘Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage’ by Alfred Lansing. bM: What is your favourite (or your next) vacation location? JL: I prefer Europe. I spent wonderful days in the area of Colmar/Straßburg (France). Also the UK of course since I am British by birth. bM: What do you eat for breakfast on a Sunday? JL: Healthy things like cereals, grains and raisins with yoghurt! bM: What is your ‘slogan’? JL: Never look back, always forward, learn and have fun at the same time! bM: Thank you! 58 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/11] Vol. 6

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