Scientists Use New Biomaterial That Can Replace Plastic Laminates

The researcher from Penn State have recently developed  an inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably- replace plastic blockade coatings in packaging and many other applications. The researchers have stated that use of this biomaterial would help to reduce pollution.

As per the scientists they used compostable materials such as equal parts of treated cellulose pulp from wood or cotton. The main source of this compostable material is the mountains of leftover shells from lobsters, crabs and shrimp consumed by humans.

As per the scientists, these environment-friendly barrier coatings have numerous applications that vary from water-resistant paper, to coatings for ceiling tiles and wallboard, to food coatings to seal in freshness.

This amazing research happened under the supervision of Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences. The researchers stated that the material is unexpectedly strong with adhesive properties, best for packaging and other applications. The scientists added that this newly designed biomaterial can be used for construction and even flooring.

By: Priyanka Negi



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