Author

Sam Lukubira

Date of Award

8-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Amod A. Ogale

Committee Member

Dr. Douglas Hirt

Committee Member

Dr. Christopher Kitchens

Committee Member

Dr. Paul Dawson

Abstract

Sustainability concerns arising from over-use of fossil-derived materials have prompted renewed interest in developing and use of products from renewable biomass. Agricultural materials like soy, starches, cellulose esters and co-products like lignin, soybean meal, feather meal, blood meal and others are being investigated for bioplastic applications. Unlike fossil-based plastics, most of these materials are biodegradable and obtained from renewable precursors, hence sustainable.

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