TechConnect Innovation Program

Lignin-Based Plastics for Composites

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

A new formulation for low-cost, high performance thermoplastics and thermosets for composite applications has been developed using lignin. Lignin is a naturally occurring polymer found in wood and other plants and is an inexpensive byproduct of paper/pulp mills and bio-refineries.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The use of abundant and renewable lignin as the polymer feedstock for a new class of plastic formulations has the potential to reduce material costs by up to 50% and reduce petroleum consumption.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 610

Website: www.ornl.gov

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: Other

Looking for: Development / License Partners