Posts Tagged ‘biobased products’

Peel in, peel out; or, this story has gotten traction

CFAES scientist Katrina Cornish’s research on using food waste — namely egg shells and tomato peels — in the making of tires has received media coverage from, among others, U.S. News & World Report, Waste Management World, Recycling Today, WOSU and EcoWatch.

Turning food waste into tires

Tomorrow’s tires could come from the farm as much as the factory.

CFAES scientists have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century.

In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber.

Read the story. (Photo: CFAES scientists Katrina Cornish (left) and Cindy Barrera by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Startups have roots in CFAES

Tree of LifeThree faculty-led teams from Ohio State are creating startup companies based on research they’ve developed at the university. Two are from CFAES. And both have roots in improving sustainability. Read the press release.

Bioeconomy forum on Tuesday

CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, is hosting the Midwest Bioeconomy Regional Stakeholder Forum tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s the fifth and final such forum in a national series. Media members are welcome to attend. Learn more.

Oceans awash: Why ‘biodegradable plastic’ often isn’t

A new report from the United Nations “finds that biodegradable plastics, commonly found in plastic bags and bottles, degrade at extremely slow rates,” according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor. CFAES scientist Fred Michel is quoted in the story among others. The issue relates to the growing amount of plastic polluting our oceans. The authors of the report, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, wrote: “There is a moral argument that we should not allow the ocean to become further polluted with plastic waste, and that marine littering should be considered a ‘common concern of humankind.’”

Miscanthus? I’ve never met it (here’s how you can)

Photo of miscanthus grass 2Learn about giant miscanthus, a tall grass grown as a bioproduct crop, through a March 11 workshop and bus tour in Ashtabula County, hosted by CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Farmers in the county, which is in far northeast Ohio, now grow about 4,000 acres of the stuff. A company called Aloterra Energy, meanwhile, runs a production facility in the county that turns the harvest into such things as biodegradable food containers. The bus tour will include stops at farmers’ fields (possibly to see harvest if the weather is right; harvest is done in winter) and the Aloterra plant. Learn more here and here. Download the flier, which includes the registration form, here. (Photo: Miscanthus by photoncatcher from iStock.)

Cornish named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Katrina Cornish, Ph.D., FAAAS,

CFAES’s Katrina Cornish, who holds the Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials and is an Ohio Research Scholar, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, one of two inductees — along with Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre — from Ohio State this year. Read the story. In her research, Cornish is developing new and more sustainable sources of natural rubber — specifically Russian dandelion and guayule — for growing in Ohio and use by industry. Watch a 2013 video profile.

 

Rubber, meet road: What’s ahead for bioeconomy?

Ahead for BioeconomyA multistate research team aimed at developing America’s biobased industry — biobased products, bioenergy and the like — will meet in northeast Ohio next month. Its purpose: to see what might be blocking the road and ways to move ahead. CFAES is the host. Read More »

And you want to be my latex salesman? 3 ways you can get started

Check out these three talks by CFAES scientists, all of Katrina Cornish’s lab, if you’re interested in sustainable latex production and in new, beneficial latex products, including for health care. They’re from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, in Room 200 in the new Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building at OARDC, CFAES’s research arm in Wooster. It’s a sneak peek of sorts: All three talks are slated for presentation at next month’s International Latex Conference in Akron. The details that follow are the abstracts of the talks. Read More »

Going for gold (two kinds, in fact)

OARDC TKS rubber researchKaren Skubik of Wooster Weekly News reports on CFAES scientist Katrina Cornish’s efforts to develop a sustainable American source of rubber.