IN-PERSON!
SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2022
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC
IN-PERSON!
SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2022
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC

Conference Speakers

Sherman

Steven Sherman

CEO, BioLogiQ, Inc.


Wednesday, September 28
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Sustainable Inputs: Fibers & Biofibers

Novel Biobased Resins Outperforming Plastics and Other Biodegradable Biopolymers

There are many demands to develop materials that are more natural, plant-based, and sustainable. There are plant-based natural biopolymers like starch that are well known in human history. In the last couple of decades, researchers all over the world have attempted to develop Thermoplastic Starch for many applications, but have been hampered by many difficulties, including poor mechanical (tensile) strength, etc. Researchers at BioLogiQ have developed an innovative proprietary thermal gelatinization process in the presence of plasticizers, wherein a low-cost Thermoplastic Starch material with superior mechanical properties could be made, in pellet form. These Starch pallets which have 100% bio content, are though brittle in nature, can be conveniently blended with partner fossil fuel-based resins like PE, PP, PS etc. or Biopolymers like PLA, PBAT, PHA etc., resulting in “BioBlends”. Articles, films made using these BioBlends, exhibit either similar, or superior mechanical properties compared to the articles made with 100% resins. More interestingly, in many cases, applications using these BioBlends exhibit exciting biodegradation properties without fragmentation, resulting in significantly reduced microplastics and complete biodegradation of the starch and the partner resin. Researchers at BioLogiQ are also actively working on using these BioBlends made from PP and Starch in non-Woven applications, providing a pathway for bio content, reduced microplastics, and biodegradation of non-Woven materials. Some salient features of the BioBlends, mechanical properties of the films made using these BioBlends and results of Biodegradation studies will be presented.

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