New funding of up to $58,463 is received from NSF IUCRC Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites for the project “Plan Oil-Based Latex Adhesives” (in collaboration with Dr. G.Pourhashem, Coatings and Polymeric Materials). This work begins on January,1,2020 and is for one year. This is a new research project aiming developing plan-based latex adhesives for variety of substrates.
New funding of up to $47,582 is received from North Dakota Corn Utilization Council for the project “Plastic Films from Corn Derivatives for Food Packaging” This work begins on July,1,2020 and is for one year. This is a new research project targeting new biobased polymeric materials based on corn derivatives – corn protein and corn oil
New funding of up to $56,493 is received from ND Department of Agriculture for the project “Scaling Up Soy-Based Monomer Synthesis for Commercial Acceptance”. This work begins on August,1, 2020 and is for one year. This is a new research project aiming to ensure larger scale synthesis of recently developed soy-based monomers to enable industrial testing and commercial acceptance of the synthesized materials.
Supplemental funding of up to $34,365 is received from National Science Foundation Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) program This is supplement to ongoing Collaborative Research: Engineering of Recoverable Cellulosomes for Biomass Conversion, funded by NSF CBET proposal. This program aims to provide support for non-academic research internships for graduate students to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. This internship work begins on February,1,2020
INTERN supplemental grant funds 5th year graduate student Zoriana Demchuk five-month internship at Lonza, Inc. a multinational, chemicals and biotechnology company developing performance chemicals for pharmaceutical and biologic industries. The internship will help to integrate students’s already obtained knowledge and academic experiences with practical “real” applications and skills developed in industrial professional settings and succeed professionally in the future.