MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University researchers have patented the first plant-based resin of its kind that would be ideal for coatings. It can provide shiny coatings.
Water-resistant, Plant-based Resin
| Donghai Wang, professor of biological and agricultural
engineering, and Susan Sun, university distinguished
professor of grain science and industry,
developed a patented biodegradable resin
for adhesives and coatings.
The resin could be used in coatings on wooden surfaces,
slick magazine pages, bags of potato chips and other items needing shiny and protective surfaces that are either flexible or rigid.
Sun said the resin outperforms previous bio-based adhesives because it adheres to a surface for a longer period of time, has a longer shelf life and is more water-resistant
. Because the substance is plant-based, its resources are biodegradable and renewable.
Resin Made from Soybean & Corn
"Our resin is unique because it is made from soybean, corn and other plant oils
," Sun said. "Currently available resins are made from petroleum-based products, which are less sustainable, and from plant fatty acids, which cost more to process.
The research has been featured in several publications, including Biomacromolecules, Journal of Materials Chemistry and others. It has been presented at the International Material Research Conference in China, the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C., the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Anaheim, California, and other events.
Initial funding was provided by the Kansas Soybean Commission and the United Soybean Board. Additional funding sources include the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Sun developed the resin with Donghai Wang, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, and Kollbe Ahn, a 2011 Kansas State University grain science doctoral graduate who is now a research professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The patent was issued to the Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing technology transfer activities at the university.
About Kansas State University
Kansas State University, commonly shortened to Kansas State or K-State, is a public doctoral university with its main campus in Manhattan, Kansas, United States. Kansas State was opened as the state's land-grant college in 1863 – the first public institution of higher learning in the state of Kansas
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