College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

New Iowa State biopolymer processing facility to help research initiative

Researchers from Iowa State University are working with a number of other firms to explore the applications and uses of bioadvantaged polymers. The research initiative comes with the shift of previously using petroleum-based polymers to using biopolymers. These biopolymers are able to be partially produced with renewable resources. The team at Iowa State is working with the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, the Iowa Soybean Association, United Soybean Board, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and 10 other companies. Along with help from these others departments, a new biopolymer processing facility at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm will allow the research teams to “manufacture material for demonstration projects nationwide.”

More information on the project can be read here.