The Center houses a modern pilot plant with state-of-the-art equipment and instruments to support extrusion processing systems, high-shear texturization, polymer science, and engineering, allowing product development from concept to packaged market-demo samples. Products and processes developed with a 50-mm production twin-screw extruder are directly scaleable to any desired factory size. Biopolymers can be extruded, injection- or compression-molded and shaped to desired conformation based on rheology/melt properties developed at the polymer rheology laboratory-scale with structure-function instruments.
CEEPR brings together a multi-disciplinary team with diverse but complimentary expertise focusing on innovating food, non-food and bio-processing technologies, leading to advancements in stakeholder-interested products such as: direct expanded snacks, snack pellets, texturized vegetable protein, meat analogs, specialty food ingredients, and pet foods, aquaculture feed, recycled by-products as biodegradable non-food or industrial materials. Capabilities include the development of uniquely-novel molded products.