Submitted to: Society of Plastics Engineers Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: April 12, 2004
Publication Date: May 12, 2004
Citation: Imam, S.H., Glenn, G.M., Shey, J., Klamczynski, A., Nguyen, T.T., Cornish, K., Orts, W.J. 2004. Characterization and performance of starch-poly-(vinyl alcohol) (pva) blends with agricultural waste fiber. Society of Plastics Engineers Proceedings. 2437-2441. Technical Abstract: The renewable polymers are environmentally friendly and naturally biodegradable, and could serve as an inexpensive source of raw material for single-use engineered products. Efforts are underway to develop ecocompatible consumer plastics by incorporating renewable polymers as an alternative to petroleum-derived chemicals. Therefore, gaining fundamental understanding of biobased polymers is critical for the design and development of consumer products. The research efforts at the USDA laboratory pertaining to the development of biopolymer blends, polymer processing, characterization and lifetime evaluation are presented.