DESIGN&ENGINEERING OF NON-PLASTIC WASTE BAGS BASED ON"BIOFIBER - ORGANIC&INORGANIC MODIFIER"HYBRIDS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00189-12-C-Z003
Agency Tracking Number: N101-072-1296
Amount: $742,820.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-072
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
4201 Woodland Rd, Circle Pines, MN, -
DUNS: 054484001
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shilpa Manjure
 Application Development E
 (763) 225-6646
 smanjure@ntic.com
Business Contact
 Vineet Dalal
Title: VP&Director Global Mark
Phone: (763) 225-6617
Email: vdalal@ntic.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Northern Technologies International Corporation (NTIC), MN, in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU), MI, pans to formulate and engineer chemically modified, marine biodegradable, biofiber-based, non-plastic waste bags that are water resistant, readily treatable with other organic wastes in the on-board waste processing equipment and marine biodegradable as defined by ASTM D7081 standard. As part of Phase I, NTIC investigated (1) three classes of biobased, non-plastic materials that function as a coating or as an adhesive depending on the manufacturing process employed; (2) coating of selected paper substrates using silylated soyabean oil to provide new biobased hybrid composite and (3) conducted aqueous biodegradability testing per ISO 14852. Phase I work was successful in coating soya-based non-plastic material onto different grades of unmodified paper to obtain a water-proof and grease-proof paper. Phase II will be directed toward scale-up and process development of coating paper in a large-scale manufacturing set up and convert the coated paper to bags. Development of such a high strength, water-proof, marine biodegradable, and non-plastic waste disposal bag will assist the fleet in reducing their at-sea plastic usage and significantly decrease the volume of plastic waste that must be processed and stored aboard. Furthermore, the newly developed technology would find application in traditional markets for coated paper such as disposable foodservice ware and trash bags.

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