Biodegradation of Bioplastic Plant Containers in Home Compost at Two Weeks
This video shows results during the first two weeks of biodegradation with over twenty types of bioplastic composites in a home composting system. This is the first in a short series of videos that will illustrate the biodegradability of these biorenewable polymers and composites in home compost. This research is part of a five-year bioplastic container cropping systems project led by CB2 faculty.
David Grewell, director of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. Download photo »
Michael Kessler, co-director of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. Download photo »
Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites sample. Products include protein-based plastics and oil-based composites. Photo credit: J. Larson. Download Photo >>
Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites samples. Products include protein-based plastics and oil-based composites. Photo credit: J. Larson. Download Photo >>
Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites protein and oil based plant pots. Photo credit: J. Larson. Download Photo >>>
Student Carla uses the ultrasonic welder. Download photo »
Researcher Jake Behrens shows students Cindu and Carla a coaster sample. Photo credit: J. Larson. Download Photo >>
Students Carla and Curtis use the ultrasonic welder. Photo credit: J. Larson. Download Photo >>
Iowa State University has facilities that are designed to develop, test and scale-up new biobased materials, including a 3,000-square-foot pilot plant for industrial products processing. Download photo »
An Iowa State University lab technician shows the breakage of a biocomposite sample that has just undergone tensile testing. Download photo »
Iowa State University students Mitchel Michel, left, industrial technology, and Ty'Jamin Roark, chemical engineering, extrude soy flour and polylactic acid, a biodegradable plastic from cornstarch, into pellets for use in injection molding. Download photo »
Washington State University researcher Yuzhan Li examines the optical properties of a polymer using polarized optical microscopy. Download photo »
Washington State University professor Karl Englund runs a large extrusion machine to produce natural fiber composite parts. Also pictured is former WSU graduate student Fang Chen. Download photo »
Biopolymer and biocomposite products developed at Iowa State University. Products include protein-based plastics and oil-based composites. Download photo »
Biocomposite specimens made by the faculty and staff at Washington State University. Download photo »
A brief video highlighting the activities in CB2's booth at NPE2015.
Pushing the Boundaries of Bioplastics in Iowa
Speakers include: Debi Durham, Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority, Brent Willett, Executive Director of Iowa's Cultivation Corridor, and Mike Crum, VP for Economic Development and Business Engagement at Iowa State University.
Proposal Development Process
A four-minute video explaining how our proposals are developed and selected as well as its timeline.
A three-minute video of what our CB2 REU students say about their summer research experience at Iowa State University and at Washington State University.