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Research Project: NOVEL STARCH-BASED MATERIALS

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

Objective:
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.

Approach:
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.