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Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 489–495 | Cite as

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Kansas Center to Make Polymers from Oils Produced by Algae

Depending on what algae eat, they produce things like oils that could be converted into polymers. The field of renewable materials is both popular and relevant to the green chemistry movement that is receiving a lot of attention today. Algae research is an area that has a lot of potential.

A $2 million allocation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop materials from oil produced by algae has been awarded to the Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. The goal is to simplify the conversion process of using natural oils to create polymers for environmentally-friendly products such as floor tile and foam seats for chairs. The research would take the Center’s work from a multistep to a single-step conversion process, which would save time, money, energy, and waste.

For more information: Andrew W. Myers, Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) and Business & Technology Institute...

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