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Doing Business As Name:Iowa State University
  • Eric W Cochran
  • (515) 294-0625
  • Nacu B Hernandez-Cantu
Award Date:07/28/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 415,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 83,000
  • FY 2021=$83,000
Start Date:08/01/2021
End Date:07/31/2026
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:IUCRC Phase II: Iowa State University: Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites [CB2]
Federal Award ID Number:2113695
DUNS ID:005309844
Parent DUNS ID:005309844
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr
Program Officer:
  • Prakash Balan
  • (703) 292-5341

Awardee Location

Street:1138 Pearson
Awardee Cong. District:04

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Iowa State University
Street:505 Morrill Road
Cong. District:04

Abstract at Time of Award

The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) at Iowa State University (ISU), University of Georgia (UGA), Washington State University (WSU), and North Dakota State University (NDSU) seeks to develop and build on an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) that focuses on bioplastics and biocomposites. The mission of CB2 is to develop fundamental knowledge related to bioplastics and biocomposites, to disseminate research-based findings to industry to promote sustainability, and to educate future scientists and engineers. As such, there is an expressed industrial interest in leveraging research efforts to accelerate systematic development of standardized material and processing data for these novel plastics and composites. The center focusses on the development of jobs in the area of sustainable manufacturing and the conversion of agricultural and woody crops to bio-based materials that contribute to job creation in the United States. The center also strives to support education and diversity through engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in research on sustainable materials. The goal of CB2 is to improve the basic knowledge of synthesis, processing, properties, and compounding of bioplastic and biocomposite materials, to develop reliable materials characteristics data for industrial partners, and to support large-scale industrial implementation of renewable materials. The vision of the center is to develop knowledge that will facilitate the production of an array of high-value products, including plastics, coatings, adhesives, and composites, from renewable feedstocks. The materials are compatible with current industrial manufacturing systems and promote rural development as well as national growth. The goals of the Phase II are fourfold: 1) expand the knowledge and develop the science for recycling and end of life treatment of sustainable materials, in particular as they are mixed with petrochemical plastics; 2) expand membership by engaging new companies that have expressed a need for recycling and end of life treatment; 3) develop fundamental knowledge on sustainable materials; 4) prepare students to join the workforce equipped with the knowledge and skills required by industry. The team of researchers includes experts in the fields of polymer processing, polymer chemistry, materials science, and crop utilization. WSU’s research focuses on utilizing industry-relevant technology platforms to develop bio-based composites, coatings and adhesives, and polymers for various industry applications, as well as to recycle bio-based composite materials. ISU’s research focuses on agricultural biomass valorization, monomer and polymer development, adhesives and coatings, chemical recycling and upcycling, and packaging and construction materials markets. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Goyal, Shailja and Lin, Fang-Yi and Forrester, Michael and Henrichsen, William and Murphy, Grace and Shen, Liyang and Wang, Tung-ping and Cochran, Eric W. "Glycerol Ketals as Building Blocks for a New Class of Biobased (Meth)acrylate Polymers" ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, v., 2021, p.. doi: Citation details  

Liu, Hengzhou and Lee, Ting‐Han and Chen, Yifu and Cochran, Eric W. and Li, Wenzhen "Paired and Tandem Electrochemical Conversion of 5‐(Hydroxymethyl)furfural Using Membrane‐Electrode Assembly‐Based Electrolytic Systems" ChemElectroChem, v.8, 2021, p.. doi: Citation details  

Liu, Hengzhou and Lee, Ting-Han and Chen, Yifu and Cochran, Eric W. and Li, Wenzhen "Paired electrolysis of 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural in flow cells with a high-performance oxide-derived silver cathode" Green Chemistry, v., 2021, p.. doi: Citation details  

Luo, Yixin and Qu, Wangda and Cochran, Eric and Bai, Xianglan "Enabling high-quality carbon fiber through transforming lignin into an orientable and melt-spinnable polymer" Journal of Cleaner Production, v.307, 2021, p.. doi: Citation details  

Lin, Fang-Yi and Hohmann, Austin D. and Hernández, Nacú and Shen, Liyang and Dietrich, Hannah and Cochran, Eric W. "Self-Assembly of Poly(styrene- block -acrylated epoxidized soybean oil) Star-Brush-Like Block Copolymers" Macromolecules, v.53, 2020, p.. doi: Citation details  

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