WyoComp's novel technology uses renewable agricultural biomasses processed into nanofibers used to reinforce polymers. The biomasses undergo WyoComp’s proprietary pretreatment process where the material ("AgriFi") is thermal mechanically processed prior to size reduction to nano-scale. The resulting material can reinforce most polymers used in plastics products.
Primary Application Area: Manufacturing, Instrumentation
Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: The technology WyoComp is producing will advance the use of nano-composite materials made from plant-based feedstock. At this time, WyoComp and its research teams could not locate technologies that are commercially employed using nano-level biofillers based on the prior art and feedback from commercial producers. In today’s market, commercial producers stand to benefit from adding bio-based content to their plastic products and adding “green” marketing appeal, density reduction, reducing costs and improving physical properties. The commercial opportunity for the nano-scale AgriFi, combined with polymers to produce nano-composites used in injection molding processing is impressively large and attractive. In the United States, the plastics injection molding market size is over $8.0 billion per year using polypropylene, HDPE, LDPE, polystyrene, ABS/SAN, PVC, nylon, polycarbonate, thermoplastic polyester and other resins. The technologies produced by WyoComp help reduce manufacturer’s costs by as much as 30%. A growing trend by most manufacturers during the past several decades has been the adoption of applying “green” marketing principals while engineering products to be made from recycled content, lowering or eliminating toxic related additives and using more sustainable materials. Numerous physical property benefits to plastics producers are available from using the AgriFi.
Organization Type: Small to Medium Enterprise
Showcase Booth #: 31M
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards: This technology was privately developed by WyoComp and feasibility proven using existing commercial producers plastics injection molding plants. Some of the commercial producers are market leaders in the plastics products industry.
SBIR/STTR Awards: Phase 0 Grant, $5,000, University of Wyoming, August 2013
External Funding to Date: All technology development funded internally by WyoComp.