Location: Plant Polymer Research
Project Number: 5010-41000-156-00-D
Project Type: Appropriated
Start Date: Aug 9, 2010
End Date: Apr 12, 2015
The long-term objective of this project is to develop novel products utilizing current and new co-products from the industrial processing of agricultural materials. By accomplishing this, our research will reduce dependence on non-renewable materials and produce higher value products that will benefit a large segment of our economy. Objective 1: Develop technologies that enable commercially viable biobased materials from the proteinaceous co-products produced during cereal and soy processing. Objective 2: Develop novel extraction techniques that enable the commercially viable biorefining of new protein-rich industrial feedstocks such as alfalfa and pennycress.
Improve extraction, isolation and derivatization techniques; develop new routes to isolate and characterize proteinaceous materials from corn, soy, pennycress and alfalfa. Proteins will need to be physically or chemically modified in solution and in melt state in order to impart valued properties required for the desired applications.