Texas A&M researchers develop greener way to produce bioplastics from crop waste

July 6, 2021 |

In Texas, bioplastics—biodegradable plastics made from biological substances rather than petroleum—can be created in a more economical and environmentally friendly way from the byproducts of corn stubble, grasses and mesquite agricultural production, according to a new study by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. 

This new approach involves a “plug-in” preconditioning process, a simple adjustment for biofuel refineries. These “plug-in” technologies allow for optimization of sustainable, cost-effective lignin—the key component of bioplastics used in food packaging and other everyday items.

The $2.4 million project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office. The research has recently been published in Nature Communications.

Yuan and researchers are submitting next-phase requests for additional project funding.

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