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WSU News bioplastics

Research improves conductive plastic for health, energy

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Brian-CollinsPULLMAN, Wash. – Biological implants that communicate with the brain to control paralyzed limbs or provide vision to the blind are one step closer to reality thanks to research by Brian Collins, an assistant professor of physics at Washington State University. » More …

New catalyst paves way for bio-based plastics, chemicals

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

catalyst-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics and products. » More …

Researchers use plant oils for novel bio-based plastics

By Ethan Nash, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

kessler-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants. » More …

Industry/university bioplastics research center a first

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

bioplastics-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – “Plastics… There’s a great future in plastics.” That line from the 1967 movie, “The Graduate,” could be revised to say that the future is now in bioplastics. » More …