Sustainable Plastics And The Center For Bioplastics And Biocomposites | 53323
ISSN: 2155-6199

Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation
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Sustainable plastics and the center for bioplastics and biocomposites

3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers & Bioplastics

David Grewell

Iowa State University, USA

Keynote: J Bioremed Biodeg

DOI: 10.4172/2155-6199.C1.001

In this presentation, we review the basic concepts and history of bioplastics and biocomposites. We then provide an overview of the current state of the field. While there have been many early developments in bioplastics and examples of biocomposites in the last 60 years, today this technology has gained increased interest with many applications, and there are new products and materials under development and commercialization. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently funded an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) focused on bioplastics. Designated as the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), this center is led by Iowa State University and Washington State University. The thrust of this new NSF center will be reviewed along with the center’s benefits to the bioplastics and biocomposites industry.

David Grewell completed his BS, MS and PhD in Industrial Systems and Welding Engineering from The Ohio State University. He holds 14 patents and has been given numerous honors and awards as well as numerous publications, including two books. His interests include “Joining of plastics, micro-fabrication, laser processing of materials, bioplastics and biofuels”. He currently works at Iowa State University as a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. He is the Director of the NSF Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, is the Chair of the Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team, a Board Member of the Ultrasonic Industry Association, Society of Plastics Industry and Society of Plastics Engineers. He also has a position at the University of Erlangen in Germany and is Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

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