Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team Showcase Research at Plastics Conference

David Grewell at the BBRT GPEC booth
David Grewell at the BIopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT) booth. On the table are samples of the bioplastics produced by the BBRT. Photo by Larry Koester.

The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT) exhibited at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference on October 17-19 in Atlanta, Georgia. The team showed samples of plastics and composites made from vegetable oils and proteins, plus flower pots and golf tees manufactured from materials they developed.

David Grewell, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and chairperson of the BBRT, along with BBRT members Gowrishankar Srinivasan, postdoctoral research associate in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Keke Chen, graduate student in materials science and engineering, had one-on-one discussions with over 50 individuals from the plastics industry. The booth was visited by over 200 people during the conference.

“We have established long-term relationships with several companies, including NatureWorks, a manufacturer of PLA (bioplastics),” said Grewell.

BBRT members also presented their research with a presentation and student posters. Grewell presented the paper “Effects on Mechanical Properties of Higher Beta Zein Content Bioplastics.” Student members Srinivasan, Chen, and Hongyu Cui, graduate student in materials science and engineering, created posters for the conference. Their posters can be viewed here.

The booth was sponsored by the Center for Crops Utilization Research and the Center for Industrial Research and Service.