Biobased Products Research

Researchers are developing new materials to address environmental concerns and add value to Iowa’s agricultural crops. They are finding ways to produce functional, affordable, and environmentally safe products from sustainable and biorenewable sources. Below are projects underway:

Fiberglass Reinforced Polymers from Agricultural Oils

Project Investigators: Michael Kessler and Richard Larock
Funding: The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research

CAREER: Multifunctional Biorenewable Polymers

Project Investigators: Michael Kessler
Funding: National Science Foundation

Practical Waterborne Agricultural Oil-Based Coatings

Project Investigators: Richard Larock
Funding: The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research

Comparison of Plastics from Corn Zein

Project Investigators: David Grewell and Melissa Montalbo-Lomboy
Funding: POET Biorefining

Characterization of Lipo-peptides for Use as Bio-dispersants to Clean-up Oil Spills

Project Investigators: Buddhi Lamsal and Charles Glatz
Funding: National Science Foundation

Application of a Continuous Ultrasonic Welding Using a Radial Tool for Sealing of PLA Plastic Films

Project Investigators: David Grewell
Funding: USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses

Using Water-stable, High-strength Soy-based Plastic for Horticulture Crop Containers

Project Investigators: David Grewell, William Graves, and James Schrader
Funding: United Soybean Board

Practical Water Borne Agricultural Oil-based Coatings

Project Investigators: Richard Larock and Byron Brehm-Stecher
Funding: The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research

Bioplastic Container Cropping Systems: Green Technology for the Green Industry

Project Investigators: William Graves, David Grewell, Michael Kessler, and James Schrader
Funding: USDA-NIFA

Using Water Stable High Strength Soy-based Plastic for Lawn Care Products

Project Investigators: David Grewell, William Graves, and James Schrader
Funding: United Soybean Board

Developing Soybean Oil-based Plastic Fat as Substitute for Paraffin and Beeswax

Project Investigators: Tong Wang, Linxing Yao, Darren Jarboe, and Barbara Walton
Funding: United Soybean Board