May 11, 2010

Midwest Biopolymers & Biocomposites Workshop


Poster Abstracts

106: Biocomposites from Renewable Oils and Ag Co-Products

Richard C. Larock

Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Very promising biocomposites have been produced using agricultural co-products or residues, such as spent germ, distiller’s dried grains with solubles, soybean hulls, corn stover, wheat straw, and switchgrass, as a natural fiber reinforcement for various natural oil-based resins. These biocomposites, containing as much as 95 wt % renewable materials, have thermal and mechanical properties that should make them suitable for applications in the construction, automotive, and furniture industries.