Navigation Links
UH researcher works on plant-based plastics
Date:1/31/2014

ly can't match traditional plastics' key mechanical properties, such as strength, flexibility and durability. That's the project Robertson is taking on.

One of the challenges in developing good vegetable oil polymers is their chemical structure. Polymers that have desirable mechanical properties tend to contain individual molecules that are intertwined, similar to noodles in a bowl of spaghetti. This entanglement gives them many of their best characteristics, like high strength.

The polymers that Robertson is developing from vegetable oils, though, have long strands of carbon coming off the side of each repeat unit in the polymer chain. These strands limit how much the individual polymer chains intertwine with one another. As a result, these polymers from vegetable oils are typically weaker than their petroleum counterparts.

Robertson will explore ways to create vegetable oil polymers that are more fully entangled, and therefore have better mechanical properties.

Ultimately, Robertson is aiming to create new materials that have properties that are even better than commercially available petroleum-derived materials.

In addition to synthesizing new polymers and optimizing their mechanical properties, this project will also look at their environmental impact. Vegetable oils include a type of chemical group (an ester) that makes them biodegradable. If the polymers Robertson develops retain this functionality, they should be biodegradable, as well.

The ability of these polymers to biodegrade will be tested in collaboration with Debora Rodrigues, an assistant professor in the college's civil and environmental engineering department.

Robertson will also study the environmental impacts of these new polymers. While eliminating the use of petroleum in favor of plants seems good at first glance, the materials' entire life cycles should be considered, she said: How much energy does it take to make these polymers
'/>"/>

Contact: Jeannie Kever
jekever@uh.edu
713-743-0778
University of Houston
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Researchers identify 9 steps to save waterways
2. Zebra fish fins help Oregon researchers gain insight into bone regeneration
3. Researchers reverse some lung diseases in mice by coaxing production of healthy cells
4. CU-Boulder researchers sequence worlds first butterfly bacteria, find surprises
5. Dartmouth researchers develop new tool to identify genetic risk factors
6. Dinosaur fossils from China help Penn researchers describe new Titan
7. UA researchers trace bat killers path
8. UF researchers develop blood test for devastating disease of boas and pythons
9. Vilcek Foundation honors renowned neuroscientist and young researchers with creative promise
10. UA researchers find culprit behind skeletal muscle disease
11. Researchers tune in to protein pairs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/4/2014)... marketing directed at children on the interior and ... the majority of black, middle-income and rural communities ... Authored by Arizona State University researcher Punam Ohri-Vachaspati ... to examine the use of child-directed marketing on ... and its relationship to demographics. It adds to ...
(Date:11/4/2014)...   Neurotechnology , a provider of high-precision ... version of its fingerprint matching algorithm has achieved ... evaluation organized by NIST. The MINEX test measures ... 378 fingerprint standard template format. MINEX compliance is ... the United States and ...
(Date:11/3/2014)... ANGELES , Nov. 3, 2014  NeuroSigma ... -based life sciences company focused on commercialization ... system for the treatment of neurological and ... of Industrial Property has issued a Notice of ... patent application is co-owned by NeuroSigma and the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Fast food marketing for children disproportionately affects certain communities 2Fast food marketing for children disproportionately affects certain communities 3Neurotechnology Places Second in Ongoing MINEX Ranking for Fingerprint Matching Algorithms 2Neurotechnology Places Second in Ongoing MINEX Ranking for Fingerprint Matching Algorithms 3NeuroSigma Receives Notice of Allowance from the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Covering Subcutaneous Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (sTNS) 2NeuroSigma Receives Notice of Allowance from the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Covering Subcutaneous Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (sTNS) 3
... The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) the ... has chosen Pankaj Kapahi, PhD, of the Buck Institute ... Shock New Investigator Award. The distinguished honor is given ... biological research. It was established in 1986 to honor Nathan ...
... An NPL imaging scientist Agnieszka Bialek won the Royal ... spectral imaging. The Selwyn Award is sponsored by ... introduced in 1994 in memory of E W H Selwyn, ... to a scientist under the age of 35 who has ...
... descendents of the first plants that colonized land and ... invasive pests and habitat loss, especially those species endemic ... published recently as the cover article in ... these plants as relicts (leftovers of formerly abundant organisms), ...
Cached Biology News:National Physical Laboratory scientist wins photographic award 2New research on rapidly disappearing ancient plant offers hope for species recovery 2New research on rapidly disappearing ancient plant offers hope for species recovery 3
(Date:11/26/2014)... 2014 Continuing its award-winning streak, Nerium ... prestigious MarCom Awards for outstanding creative achievement by its ... MarCom Award, the organization’s top honor, in the Branding ... held in April of this year. The event showcased ... Additionally, Nerium was awarded a Gold MarCom Award in ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... West Chester, OH (PRWEB) November 25, 2014 ... International Holdings, has joined the Graphel Carbon Products team ... experience in sales, marketing, and customer service for the ... to add Miles to our team,” stated Dave Trinkley, ... Products. “His wide range of experience in the ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... (PRWEB) November 26, 2014 2014 ... is an in-depth research report on the Global ... report introduces Palmitic Acid, basic information, including definition, ... analysis, and news analysis, etc. , For ... Palmitic Acid market in China and ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... TOKYO , 25 novembre 2014 /PRNewswrie/ -- Theravalues ... per il mercato europeo in occasione di Hi Europe ... ). Si tratta della curcumina con ... tecnologia amorfa (senza cristalli) e ingredienti approvati dalle norme ... presente nella spezia della pianta curcumina ( Curcuma longa ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Nerium International™ Wins One Platinum, Two Gold MarCom Awards 2Miles Holder Joins Graphel Corporation as Sales/Marketing Manager 2Palmitic Acid Industry Global 2014 Analysis & 2020 Forecasts on Market data, Statics, Development Now at ReportsnReports.com 2Palmitic Acid Industry Global 2014 Analysis & 2020 Forecasts on Market data, Statics, Development Now at ReportsnReports.com 3La curcumina con la maggiore biodisponibilità di sempre farà il suo debutto in Europa 2La curcumina con la maggiore biodisponibilità di sempre farà il suo debutto in Europa 3
... BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 24 Regado ... of antithrombotic therapeutic aptamers with active control agents, today ... Phase I study of a subcutaneous administration formulation of ... randomized, placebo-controlled, single ascending dose study to evaluate safety, ...
... CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug 24 Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: ... today that it has entered into a research-based collaboration with ... develop its proprietary Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) technology in a ... its already strong competitive position for its Human Genetic Therapies ...
... August 24 , - Santaris ... Research,Program Utilizing Santaris Pharma,s Proprietary Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA),Drug Platform ... Treatment of Rare Genetic Disorders , ... and Royalties for Providing Access to its LNA Technology,Exclusivity for ...
Cached Biology Technology:Regado Biosciences Announces First Patient Enrolled In Phase 1 Study Of Subcutaneously Administered Reg1 Anticoagulation System 2Shire Builds Competitive Position of its HGT Business through Research Collaboration with Santaris Pharma A/S on LNA Drug Platform 2Shire Builds Competitive Position of its HGT Business through Research Collaboration with Santaris Pharma A/S on LNA Drug Platform 3Shire Builds Competitive Position of its HGT Business through Research Collaboration with Santaris Pharma A/S on LNA Drug Platform 4Santaris Pharma A/S Forms Strategic Alliance With Shire plc to Develop RNA-Based Medicines for the Treatment of Rare Genetic Disorders 2Santaris Pharma A/S Forms Strategic Alliance With Shire plc to Develop RNA-Based Medicines for the Treatment of Rare Genetic Disorders 3Santaris Pharma A/S Forms Strategic Alliance With Shire plc to Develop RNA-Based Medicines for the Treatment of Rare Genetic Disorders 4
96-well format (For processing samples on microplate-size MALDI target plates such as those from Bruker, Shimadzu, Thermo, and PerkinElmer) Packaging: 2 / pack...
... antibody raised against a partial recombinant IFNA2. ... partial recombinant protein is produced in E. coli. ... IU/ mg. OMIM: 147562, ... Lot Number: MM951100564 MA Code: ...
Mouse monoclonal antibody raised against a partial recombinant CENTB2. NCBI Entrez Gene ID = CENTB2...
Mouse monoclonal antibody raised against a partial recombinant STAU2. NCBI Entrez Gene ID = STAU2...
Biology Products: