Richard Wool honored by EPA for bio-based materials work

December 18, 2013 |

In Delaware, the EPA honored the University of Delaware’s Richard Wool with its Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his extensive work developing bio-based materials to support the green energy infrastructure.

Wool, UD professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources program, is a world leader in developing safer chemical substances from renewable resources In 2012, Dixie Chemical began producing Wool’s bio-based composite resins for a worldwide market. His discoveries have led to the development of soy-based composites used in boats, tractor panels and wind turbine parts. One of Wool’s more recent inventions is a breathable, bio-based eco-leather that avoids the traditional leather tanning process.

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