1 DAY LECTURE/WORKSHOP
June 17, 2013 (CRS# 00.754-011)
This course will provide an introduction to plastics, elastomers and additives that can be obtained from renewable resources. An overview of naturally occurring polymers including natural rubber, cellulose and starch-based materials, as well as polymers such as polylactic acid and polyhydroxyalkanoates that can be produced from naturally occurring precursors will be provided. The class material will also touch upon additives from natural resources including natural fillers, fibers and clay nanocomposites. Brief discussion of aspects of processing these bio-based materials, bio-degradation and life cycle analysis will also be included.
Dr. Ramaswamy Nagarajan