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BBRT receives NSF planning grant to develop a center with UMass Lowell that would focus on bioplastics and biocomposites. www.cb2.iastate.edu

Garden Plot

The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team have finished the first round of plant container development and greenhouse and garden trials.

Biobased Coatings with Antibacterial Properties

BBRT researchers are developing soybean oil-based coatings that have antibacterial properties.

Polymers Environmental Calculator Screenshot

Use the Polymers Environmental Comparator to determine the economic viability of bioplastics.


The Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT), established in 1995, promotes research in the development of biorenewable polymers from Midwest crops, encourages bioplastics in industry, and works towards new formulations and processing techniques. In the Team Members section, you can find detailed information on our focus. We work with plant-based oils, proteins, adhesives, and composites.

About the Team

Our team is focused on four major research areas:

Biobased polymers
Protein-based plastics
Cellulosic-based composites
Design, characterization, and use of biopolymers and biocomposites

The team consists of world leaders in research and teaching in these areas.