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Agricultural Research Service

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Cermak, Steven C
Research Chemist
(309) 681-6233
1815 N. University Street
Peoria IL 61604

The Bio-Oils Research Unit (BOR) identifies and develops new concepts and new industrial products and processes in utilizing commodity (soybean) oil and new crops (lesquerella, pennycress, cuphea, and coriander, as well as genetically engineered traditional crops) and oil and meal. The unit conducts fundamental and applied research with the goal of developing new crops, expanding domestic commodity crop use and export markets for American agricultural materials. Research includes organic, physical, polymer, analytical, catalyst, and lubrication chemistry, as well as chemical engineering to understand and/or modify chemical and physical properties of vegetable oils to develop enhanced additives for fuels and lubricants, or major components of fuels (Biodiesel), metalworking fluids, lubricants, polymers, detergents, paints, inks, composites, and other industrial materials.

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