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Chemical Recycling of Polylactic Acid

Executive SummaryA new environmentally friendly process developed at Michigan State University derives clean-use plastics from contaminated Polylactic Acid (PLA). This new method of recycling PLA yields clean-use plastics using inexpensive green solvents and lower temperatures.Description of TechnologyCurrent chemical recycling of PLA uses toxic so...
Published: 8/30/2017   |   Inventor(s): Rafael Auras, Fabiola Iniguez-Franco, Maria Rubino, Herlinda Soto-Valdez, Daniel Holmes, Susan Selke, Xiaoyi Fang
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Environment

Fluorescent Labeling and Tracking of Nanoclay

Executive SummaryThe most commonly used nanoclay is montmorillonite. There are potential environmental and health risks in exposure to these materials. One reason for the lack of understanding of the impact that these materials have on the environment and biological system lies in the shortcomings of the analytical tools that currently exist aimed ...
Published: 6/23/2016   |   Inventor(s): Rafael Auras, Maria Rubino, Joseph Hotchkiss, Krishnamurthy Jayaraman, Yining Xia, Carlos Diaz
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Materials, Packaging

Microperforated Poly(lactic acid) Packaging Systems and the Method of Preparation Thereof

IntroductionAdvanced packaging systems are required to ensure the quality of fresh produce for consumers, who often purchase the products several days after harvest. Supply chain distances are expanding to increase gains in geographical market share for fresh produce growers, which require a longer shelf life to present the product to consumers in ...

B-Cyclodextrins as Nucleating Agents for Polylactide (PLA)

IntroductionPolylactic acid (PLA) is growing rapidly in popularity as an alternative to petroleum-derived plastics for packaging and other applications. It is biodegradable, thermoplastic, and derived from renewable resources. However, there are characteristics associated with PLA that limit its workability. Particularly, the slow crystallization r...

Active Packaging Gas Insert

IntroductionMany synthetic fungicides have been used to prevent decay of perishable plant products albeit some may pose health risks. Thus, fungicides will likely face greater use restrictions in the future. The market needs more safe and effective ways to enhance produce freshness.Description of TechnologyA packaging system is provided for the con...