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Biopolymers Ramp Up At Iowa State

by Michael McCoy
August 31, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 34

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Iowa State engineers will scale up biopolymer production at this pilot plant.
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Credit: Iowa State
Iowa State engineers will scale up biopolymer production at this pilot plant.

A $5.3 million plant that converts soybean oil into a biopolymer will soon begin production at Iowa State University. The pilot-scale facility is a project of the school and Argo Genesis Chemical, an Illinois-based firm that is developing the polymer as a replacement for a synthetic asphalt additive. The polymer technology was developed by Iowa State professors Eric Cochran and R. Christopher Williams.

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