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Funded Projects: 2010-2012
PLASTIC FILMS AND COATINGS
Food Packing Sealing
Burke Corporation and Center for Industrial Research and Service
D. Grewell
CAREER: Multifunctional Biorenewable Polymers
National Science Foundation
M. Kessler
Ultrasonic Sealing and Cutting of Bioplastic Films
USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses
D. Grewell
Application of a Continuous Welding Using a Radial Tool for Sealing of PLA Plastic Films
USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses
D. Grewell
Soy Protein Plastics Formulation Development to Reduce Water Solubility
United Soybean Board
D. Grewell, M. Kessler (Co-PI), K. Rajan (Collaborator)
Development and Commercialization of Soy/Corn/Linseed Oil Bioplastics
The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research
R. Larock, M. Kessler (Co-PI), S. Sundararajan (Co-PI)
Practical Waterborne Agricultural Oil-Based Coatings
Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research
R. Larock
COMPOSITES
Biorenewable Composites Reinforced with Under-used Co-products from Ethanol Production
Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center
M. Kessler, R. Larock (Co-PI)
Novel Renewable Bio-based Rubber Composites from Plant Oils and Agricultural Co-products
Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center
M. Kessler, R. Larock (Co-PI), S. Sundararajan (Co-PI)
Fiberglass Reinforced Polymers from Agricultural Oils
The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research/Ashland
M. Kessler, R. Larock (Co-PI)
FEASIBILITY STUDIES
Recycling and Recovery of Lactic Acid from Post-consumer PLA Products Utilizing Energy Efficient Ultrasonic Depolymerizing System
USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses
D. Grewell
Using Water-stable, High-strength Soy-based Plastic for Horticulture Crop Containers
United Soybean Board
D. Grewell. W. Grave (Co-PI), and J. Schrader (Co-PI)
Feasibility Study of the Use of DDGs Plastic Composites for Structural Components in Window Framing
Pella Corporation
D. Grewell
Life Cycle Cost Model Development of Bioplastics
USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses
D. Grewell
MECHANICAL TESTING
Comparison of Plastics from Corn Zein
POET Biorefining
D. Grewell
PLA Mechanical Test
USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses
D. Grewell
Soy Protein Plastics Formulation Development for Enhanced Mechanical Strength and Reduced Water Solubility
United Soybean Board
D. Grewell and M. Baboi (Collaborator)
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Characterization of Commercial Biodegradable Plastics for Biodegradation and Compostability
USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses
D. Grewell
Benchmark Compostability Testing Services
USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses
D. Grewell
Scale-up and Technology Transfer of Protein-based Plastic Products
SoyWorks Corporation and Department of Energy
D. Grewell
Pultruded Window Frames from Agricultural Oils
Grow Iowa Values Fund/Pella Corporation
M. Kessler, R. Larock (Co-PI)
Pultruded Window Frames from Agricultural Oils
The IPRT Company Assistance Seed Grant Program
M. Kessler, R. Larock (Co-PI)
Commercialization of a Corn/Soy Oil-Based Composite Hog Feeder
Grow Iowa Values Fund
R. Larock, M. Kessler
Development and Commercialization of Soy / Corn / Linseed Oil Bioplastics
Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research
R. Larock