Sorghum Protein Adhesives from Low Cost DDGS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2009-00135
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ECOVERSION LLC
3005 N SYCAMORE, Healy, KS, 67850
DUNS: 784782935
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Earl Roemer
 President
 (620) 397-3932
 roemereb@st-tel.net
Business Contact
 Earl Roemer
Title: President
Phone: (620) 397-3932
Email: roemereb@st-tel.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In the United States, annual demand for adhesives and resins exceeds 20 billion pounds. Currently, most adhesives used in the wood industry are petroleum-based, such as phenol-formaldehyde and urea-formaldehyde adhesives. Formaldehyde emissions cause many environmental and health issues. Development of biobased adhesives not only significantly impact a >$100 billion industry sector, but also solve the environmental issues related to volatile organic compounds (VOC) emission and reduce our relying on petroleum-based feedstocks with carbon reduction benefits. Currently, numbers of leading industries are seeking environmental friendly adhesives; however, the major challenge to their switching from petroleum-based to biobased feedstocks is the high cost of biobased feedstocks and enabling technologies to meet their requirements. The sorghum protein adhesives using low cost feedstocks will allow industry to initiate commercialization of the technology developed from this research.

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