By Jeni Maiers. A new injection molding machine will increase production capacity and prototyping capabilities of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), a Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) program at Iowa State University. David Grewell, director of CB2 and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE), organized the purchase of an HM 90/350 injection [Continue Reading…]
Researchers at Iowa State University are teaming up with a wide range of industry part- ners from across the country to develop new bio-based plastics and biocomposite materials designed to replace petroleum-based plastics with renewable versions made from corn or other bio-based byproducts.
For an on-site demonstration of injection molding with biobased plastics, booth S-18189 of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) in the Sustainability Pavilion was the place to be at NPE2015. That’s where biobased plant containers were molded from Bio-Res PLA, a 100% renewable and compostable plastic. The Bio-Res PLA plant containers are part of [Continue Reading…]
The Iowa Board of Regents today approved the National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. The center’s research will develop knowledge about the production of an array of high-value products, including plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites, from agricultural and forestry feedstocks. A partnership among universities, industry and government, the [Continue Reading…]
Iowa State is requesting approval to establish a new center to develop high value biobased products from agricultural feedstocks. The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites would be in the Center for Crops Utilization Research and a National Science Foundation Industry and University Cooperative Research Center. The NSF would fund administrative costs and industry funds would support [Continue Reading…]
Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. Their goal is to produce commercially viable bioplastic adhesives that will [Continue Reading…]
Kenny McCabe and James Schrader grabbed two pots of marigolds and placed them on a greenhouse bench. On the left, in a pot made from a biorenewable mix of soy protein and polylactic acid, was a thick plant with three orange-gold blooms and four buds about to pop, its leaves a rich and dark green. [Continue Reading…]
From a higher-strength concrete to quickly degrading items used during construction, researchers from Iowa State and Kansas State Universities continue to develop biobased construction materials. David Grewell, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is working on biobased materials that degrade quickly and could be used during construction. Read the full story from Iowa Farmer [Continue Reading…]
A new center that will research bioplastics and biocomposites is getting a boost from a planning grant from the National Science Foundation. NSF is giving start-up funding to the Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team at Iowa State University. The proposed center will be collaboration between Iowa State and the UMass Lowell’s department of plastics engineering. [Continue Reading…]
Iowa State University has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop biorenewable and biodegradable containers for the specialty crop industry. The $1.9 million grant will be used to develop bioplastic containers as an alternative to petroleum-based pots. Bill Graves, professor of horticulture, will lead the research team that includes David [Continue Reading…]
David Grewell flipped on the augers that carry corn from a truck to a biorefinery. Then, with a few more clicks of his computer mouse, he turned on the pumps that send grain all the way through an ethanol plant, from storage to hammer mill to slurry tanks to jet cooker to liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, [Continue Reading…]
David Grewell, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, was awarded one of seven Grow Iowa Values Fund grants for his work in high-powered ultrasonics. Read more about the grant awards.