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Mill Trials of a Novel Formaldehyde-Free Soy-Based Wood Adhesive for Making…

Award Information

Environmental Protection Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Topic A
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Small Business Information
610 Queen Ave.,SW Albany, OR 97322
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Mill Trials of a Novel Formaldehyde-Free Soy-Based Wood Adhesive for Making Plywood
Agency: EPA
Contract: EPD10033
Award Amount: $69,975.00


Interior wood composite panels are widely used for furniture, bookshelves, kitchen cabinets, and flooring, and are predominately made with carcinogenic urea-formaldehyde (UF) resin. A new formaldehyde-free, environmentally friendly wood adhesive that mainly consists of abundant, renewable and readily available soybean flour and a novel curing agent have been developed in a laboratory. The novel curing agent is derived from renewable glycerol. The overall goal of this project is to investigate if a large quantity of this novel curing agent can be produced in a pilot-scale reactor and if this new soy-based adhesive can be used for the production of plywood in a commercial plywood production plant. If this project is successful, the new adhesive is expected to be highly environmentally friendly, based on 1005 renewable materials, and cost-competitive to all competitive wood adhesives on the market. The results of this project will provide a solid foundation for full-scale production of this new adhesive in the near future. This project addresses the program priority:  “A. Green Building Materials and Systems.”

Principal Investigator:

Yu Geng

Business Contact:

Yu Geng
Small Business Information at Submission:

Lao K, LLC
610 SW Queen Ave. Albany, OR 97322

EIN/Tax ID: 263568379
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No