SBIR Phase I: Biodegradable Plastic Derived from Wheat Gluten

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740518
Agency Tracking Number: 0740518
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 00-144
Small Business Information
3701 Market Street, Suite 340, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
DUNS: 171375939
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dara Woerdeman
 (757) 784-1788
Business Contact
 Dara Woerdeman
Title: PhD
Phone: (757) 784-1788
Research Institution
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to demonstrate proof-of-concept of an innovative processing method for yielding commercial-grade plastic (polymer) materials derived solely from biobased resources such as plant proteins. The proposed method for conditioning and processing wheat gluten will lead to a hard plastic material that is fully biocompatible and biodegradable. The proposed production method is expected to result in cost-competitive biobased polymer products with mechanical and performance attributes comparable to, or better than, those of their synthetic plastic counterparts. Plastic materials that are made entirely from plant proteins are natural, and will, therefore, reduce pollution of the environment caused by toxic chemicals used in synthetic plastic manufacture and by non-degradable plastic waste accumulation. The proposed study will have a strong educational component through Drexel's Co-op Undergraduate Education Program.

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