New Funding Received

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” (Year 2) (in collaboration with Dr. G.Pourhashem, Coatings and Polymeric Materials). This is renewal of the ongoing project. Year 2 work begins on January,1,2021 and is for one year. This is a new research project aiming developing plant-based latex adhesives for multiple substrates.

Zoriana, Oksana received Travel Grants to attend National and International Conference

Zoriana attended 10th Workshop on Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry hold in Karlsruhe, Germany on March, 17-19. She presented a poster on her research entitled The Effect of Unsaturation on Properties of High Biobased Content Plant Oil-Based Latexes and Latex Materials. To travel to Germany, Zoriana received a grant from Non-Profit Association for the Advancement of Research on Renewable Raw Materials, abiosus e.V. organizing the workshop in cooperation with the Agency of Renewable Resources (FNR). For more information, http://www.abiosus.org/kit-workshop-2019.html

Zoriana and Oksana will both travel to American Coatings Tech Conference in Cleveland, OH to be held on April, 8-10. Zoriana presents her work on Influence of Plant Oil Unsaturation on Properties of Latexes Synthesized via Miniemulsion Polymerization, Oksana’s poster title is Enzyme – Polymer Conjugates: Application for Cellulose Bioconversion. Both students received American Coatings Association travel grant for their participation in meeting in Cleveland. For more details, https://www.paint.org/2019-ctc/

New Funding Awarded

New funding of up to $52,522 for the project entitled New Corn Oil-Based Monomer Synthesis for Latex Applications in Coatings and Paints has been awarded to Voronov’s group by North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. This project targets converting the corn oil into reagents (monomers) for free radical polymerization and furthermore, polymers and polymeric materials to be used in coatings, adhesives, elastomers, plasticizers, etc. This work begins during summer 2019 and is a single year award.

New Funding Awarded

New funding of up to $25,000 for the project entitled “Feasibility Analysis of Bio-Based Monomers for Latex Paint and Coating Industry” (Translational Seed Grant) has been awarded by ND EPSCoR. The proposal is led by Ghasideh Pourhashem and Andriy Voronov (both Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department, NDSU). This work targets the feasibility of producing a sustainable biobased (plant oil-based) monomer that can directly replace higher portions of petroleum-based counterparts in polymers synthesis for coatings industry. This work begins during summer 2018.

Another funding of up to $30,000 is awarded for the research entitled Plant Oil-Based Polymers for Personal Care Products. This proposal’s main goal is to determine the feasibility of using free radical polymerization of monomers developed from oil-seed crops produced in the state of North Dakota for synthesis of plant oil-based polymers and their application in personal care products. This work represents the important technical milestone required to assess the feasibility of commercializing this technology. The work begins on October,1,2018.