BOR / Bio-oils Research
Current Research Projects
Determine the friction and wear properties of biopolymers for use in lubricant formulations; determine the reaction mechanism and products of the surface interaction process; and develop predictive models to obtain desired products.
Conversion of Vegetable Oils to Industrial Products
Improve the properties of vegetable oils and their components so they can be used as industrial materials such as printing inks, coatings, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, greases, polymers, composites, surfactants, and adhesives.
Vegetable Oil Based Alternative Diesel Fuels
Improve combustion characteristics and fuel properties of vegetable oils and their derivatives for use as alternative diesel fuels, extenders and additives in the operation of diesel engines.
Industrial Products from New Crops
Identify new sources of raw materials from alternative crops; devise new analytical methods to analyze components; and develop optimum seed processing and industrial processes to recover value-added products from new crops.