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Award Detail

Awardee:MICROGREEN POLYMERS, INC.
Doing Business As Name:MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc.
PD/PI:
  • Krishna V Nadella
  • (360) 435-7400
  • krishna.nadella@microgreeninc.com
Award Date:09/07/2011
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 499,941
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 499,941
  • FY 2011=$499,941
Start Date:09/15/2011
End Date:05/31/2015
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:SBIR Phase II: Continuous Production of Lightweight and Energy Efficient Solid-State Microcellular Panels from Recycled PET
Federal Award ID Number:1127360
DUNS ID:144838518
Program:SMALL BUSINESS PHASE II
Program Officer:
  • Rajesh Mehta
  • (703) 292-2174
  • rmehta@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:7220 201st Street NE
City:Arlington
State:WA
ZIP:98223-7477
County:Arlington
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc.
Street:7220 201st Street NE
City:Arlington
State:WA
ZIP:98223-7477
County:Arlington
Country:US
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project aims to continuously produce multilayered microcellular from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) for rigid printing substrate applications. There is an increasing demand for sustainable substrates in the printing sector, which is America's third largest manufacturing industry. PET is the most recycled plastic in the United States. However, only 28% of the 5.15 billion pounds of water bottles used annually are currently recycled. Products made from RPET could utilize this untapped resource and in turn, could be recycled again, making them environmentally sustainable. The proposed approach is to fusion bond thin microcellular RPET sheets into thicker panels, thereby eliminating the need for a bonding adhesive, which in turn eliminates volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions that cause indoor air pollution. In Phase I of this project we established lab-scale feasibility for continuous fusion bonding of microcellular RPET sheets to produce such panels. In Phase II, we will build a production-scale laminator that is capable of producing microcellular RPET panels with a size of 4' x 8' at a speed of at least 8 feet/minute. The commercial feasibility of manufacturing this product will be established by developing a detailed cost model. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project will be to satisfy the printing industry's rapidly growing need for sustainable products. The microcellular RPET panels to be developed are targeted for use in rigid printing substrate applications. Compared to current materials, the advantages of these panels include significantly higher post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, zero VOCs, premium printability without the need for surface treatment, enhanced barrier properties against mold/mildew/corrosion, excellent conformability, and compatibility with end-of-life recycling. The Phase II research will focus on using RPET as a raw material due to the immediate positive environmental and economic impacts. The resulting increase in the use of RPET in high-value applications will thereby provide an economic stimulus to the recycling industry. The results of this research will also expand the application frontiers for solid-state microcellular plastics technology and enable collaborative research to develop further markets for these lightweight materials in other industries such as construction, transportation, and maritime. Finally, the new technology resulting from this research will preserve resources for a sustainable environment, enhance the competitiveness of the US plastics industry, and create new job opportunities that will benefit society as a whole.

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