A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has indicated that bio-based products are becoming increasingly popular in U.S. agriculture, supporting millions of jobs and steadily replacing fossil fuels. [Read more…]
In this exclusive column for New Materials News, Paul Mines, CEO of bioplastics manufacturer Biome Bioplastics, discusses the challenges that face the traditional oil-based polymer industry – including its environmental impact and volatile oil prices – and explains how lignin-based plastics may offer a viable solution. [Read more…]
The bioplastic packaging market is expected to witness significant growth between now and 2020, according to a new analysis. [Read more…]
Researchers have used cellulose nanofibril to create a new, biodegradable computer chip. [Read more…]
Researchers have found that some spiders produce stronger silk after they are sprayed with graphene or carbon nanotubes. –
The researchers tested three nontraditional bioplastic materials – albumin, whey and soy proteins – as alternatives to conventional petroleum-based plastics that pose risks of contamination.
The researchers aimed to find ways to both reduce the amount of petroleum used in traditional plastic production and find a fully biodegradable bioplastic.
The best-performing material petroleum substitute was albumin, a protein found in egg whites. It demonstrated tremendous antibacterial properties when blended with a traditional plasticizer such as glycerol. [Read more…]