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Location: Plant Polymer Research

Project Number: 5010-41000-157-00-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Aug 9, 2010
End Date: May 18, 2015

The long-term objectives of this project are to develop new technologies and knowledge to enable expanded growth of biobased materials, new market opportunities for agricultural products, and reduced environmental impact. Objective 1: Develop and characterize electroactive materials from natural polymers that enable commercially viable technologies. Objective 2: Develop and characterize stimulus-responsive starch-based materials that enable the commercially viable technologies. Objective 3: Develop cutting-edge computational tools for starch and other natural polymers using density functional theory and empirical energy approaches that enable development of new technologies.

Develop new biobased materials with novel properties from starch-based commodities. Novel properties include electroactive and stimuli-responsive polymeric materials. Develop molecular modeling tools for use in rational design approaches.