Chip[s] Board | Perfecting Parblex®

The Company

Chip[S] Board is a bio-materials development company with a vision to create a true circular-economy bioplastic, using food waste as a raw material. They have developed a process to transform it into Parblex® bioplastics and Chip[s] Board® composites.

R&D Focus

We are working with the Materials Department at Loughborough University to develop next-generation Parblex® biopolymers. The R&D effort will focus on the addition of bioplasticisers, and other bioderived additives into current Parblex® formulations to achieve substantial property improvements which could find applications in the fashion industry.

The project launched in March 2020.



Dr David Grandy

R&D Project Lead

Loughborough University

For the last eight years, David has been with the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre, specialising in thermal analysis and atomic force microscopy. After gaining a PhD in the development AFM-probe based thermal analysis of polymers, he ran his own materials testing consultancy. Prior to that, he worked as a materials and processes engineer in the railway vehicle manufacturing industry and as a corrosion engineer for an electronics and instrumentation company supplying corrosion monitoring systems to the process industries.


Rowan Minkley

R&D Company Lead

Chip[s] Board Ltd

Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll founded Chip[s] Board whilst studying design at university. They identified an overwhelming need to develop sustainable materials in order to reduce waste being produced by the creative industry. Chip[s] Board’s flagship product is Parblex®, a bio plastic created using by-products from mass food processing. Parblex® is compostable and recyclable at the end of its life and does not compete with food production for land use or rely on petro-chemicals. Chip[s] Board have collaborated with multiple fashion industry brands to prototype products such as eyewear and buttons, with further products and wider industry applications to come.

Prof Gary Critchlow

R&D Academic Mentor

Loughborough University

Gary is the Professor of Surface & Interface Science at Loughborough University. He has spent over thirty years developing high performance coatings to address industrial challenges, particularly in the automotive, aerospace, military and space sectors. He has a strong track record of collaborating with both other research providers and industrialists to provide innovative coating solutions in applications such as: hexavalent chromium-free corrosion protection schemes for aerospace and space applications; pretreatments for structural bonding of airframes and armour; ultrahydrophobic coatings for aerofoil surfaces; stealth coatings for windfarms, and; oil-water separation technologies. Gary would be delighted to be a conduit to help transfer some of the technologies developed in these other sectors into the fashion industry. Gary has:

  •  A good understanding of coating processes from the atomic-scale upwards and the role of chemistry and structure in determining properties across widespread applications;
  • Extensive experience of progressing material coating solutions from the laboratory (TRL1) to application in the real world, in high performance applications (TRL 9), and;
  • Ability to put together teams of researchers and industrial partners; such collaborative partnerships are now often required to address the grand societal challenges.