HNEI researchers are producing bioplastics from renewable feedstocks. Bioplastics and bio-oils have been produced from renewable materials such as food processing byproducts. This is a biological conversion process using microbial species that yield biopolyesters under two different conditions. The resultant materials have similar properties as petrochemical plastics, but are biodegradable. Other feedstocks being evaluated include food scraps, cooking oil waste, crude glycerol, and carbon dioxide plus hydrogen. Some consumer goods (e.g., room lamps) have been fabricated using these bioplastics.
Point Person: Jian Yu
Papers & Proceedings
- 2008, J. Yu, H. Stahl, Microbial utilization and biopolyester synthesis of bagasse hydrolysates, Bioresource Technology, Vol. 99, Issue 17, pp. 8042–8048