TechConnect Innovation Program

Lignin-based plastics: High Strength and Biodegradable

University of Minnesota, MN, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Lignin-based plastics with desirable properties including mechanical properties comparable to PMMA and polystyrene

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Provides a significant value-addition to biorefineries by allowing the commercialization of lignin in products (bio-plastics) with a higher value than alternative lignin uses e.g. burning to generate plant heat.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 633

Website: http://www.research.umn.edu/techcomm/

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: USDA NIFA Sustainable Bioenergy Research Program

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners