SBIR Phase II: New Approaches to Using Renewable Biomass Derived Materials in Epoxy and Vinyl Ester Resin Products to Reduce Styrene and Other Petroleum Based Raw Materials

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0521976
Agency Tracking Number: 0419456
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
657 South Mechanic Street, Pendleton, SC, 29670
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Earl Wagemer
 (864) 653-4339
Business Contact
 Earl Wagener
Title: Dr
Phone: (864) 653-4339
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project seeks to reduce the levels of styrene in commercial vinyl ester-styrene resin formulations and other polymers by replacing all or a portion of the high VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) toxic monomer with a biomass-derived material. Prior results have shown that the styrene content can be reduced from 45% to 35% or lower without increase in cost or the loss of polymer physical properties. Phase II work will entail commercial development with three customers, scale-up process engineering to commercial levels and expansion of the technology into the broader thermoset market. The commercial application for this technology is in polymer and resin markets where styrene and other petroleum based, high VOC monomers are used. These are huge markets, and the products are used in hundreds of applications. Successful introduction of these replacements will reduce our dependence on imported oil, promote the use of domestic, crop-based resources, and reduce the use of high VOC pollutants.

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