Iowa State University in Ames is hosting a biopolymers and biocomposites workshop Aug. 14 to help researchers and industry representatives develop products made from biomass.
The workshop will focus on formulating protein-based polymers, vegetable oil polymers, adhesives, composites and polyesters through fermentation. It will also cover processing technologies such as injection molding, extrusion, compression molding and casting.
The day will conclude with tours of Iowa State's bioscience and manufacturing facilities, including a polymer-characterization laboratory and a technology-transfer pilot plant.
The workshop is part of three days of events at Iowa State. A workshop on plastics manufacturing technical resources will be held Aug. 13, while on Aug. 15, a conference is scheduled on bioplastic container systems for crops.