Grewell comments on agave fiber use by Ford

“There are a lot of companies around the world that are looking at agave fibers,” says David Grewell, an associate professor of  agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University and also director of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, a National Science Foundation research center.

Grewell to chair workshop on ultrasonics and food processing

An upcoming workshop on ultrasonics and food processing will be held on Sept. 21-22 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The workshop, Sound Solutions 2016, will be co-hosted by Iowa State and the Ultrasonic Industry Association. The workshop will cover: The use of ultrasonics for food security and quality assurance. This will include measuring [Continue Reading…]

Researchers develop soy-based turfgrass fertilizer for improved sustainability

Growing a lush and environmentally friendly lawn might be easier thanks in part to some Iowa soybeans and some innovative research from the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2). David Grewell, agricultural and biosystems engineering professor and CB2 Director, and James Schrader, an associate scientist in horticulture, lead a team investigating the use of soy-based materials [Continue Reading…]

New injection molding machine will increase production capacity at Iowa State University, CB2

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…]

Cultivating Iowa’s growth in bio-based plastics

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.

CB2 produces biobased plant containers live at NPE2015

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…]

ISU, Grewell to Lead New Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

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…]

New bio-engineering center up for Board of Regents approval

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…]

Iowa State researchers hope to make bioplastic adhesives stick in the marketplace

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…]

Iowa State building research and development program for bioplastics

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…]

Construction industry builds on biotechnologies

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…]

Iowa State wins grant for new bioplastics center

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…]