This is a new method of producing tough and flexible thermoset polymers from sugarcane biomass. The material is resilient and remains relatively flexible without the need to add plasticizers. These new biopolymers may also be better for the environment because of their potential biodegradability.
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Prototype
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: The LSU AgCenter process forms a flexible and durable polymer that can be formed into a biodegradable thermoset resin. Biodegradability is critical for environmental protection because thermosets cannot be recycled once formed into a particular shape. High heat resistance and compressive strength make the material well-suited for industrial application, such as structural mortar and other construction materials and crafting electrical components.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 527
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
External Funding to Date: This project has received some funding from a USDA NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant.