CSMS researcher Dr. Dilpreet Bajwa, North Dakota State University professor of mechanical engineering, and CRCS researcher Dr. Kerry Hartman, environmental science faculty member and academic dean at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College are conducting research on biodegradable polymers. They are looking into food packaging developed from bio-based polymers, with a focus on the use of polylactic acid, also known as PLA, and ways to enhance PLA film characteristics.
The collaborative idea was sparked by an ND EPSCoR Emerging Areas Seed award opportunity that provides funding for collaborations between ND EPSCoR’s CSMS and CRCS research centers. Their collaborative research may result in a patent and has the potential to translate into new applications in the food packaging industry as well as in other industries.
ND EPSCoR funding is provided by the State of North Dakota and NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1) Cooperative Agreement Award OIA-1355466.
More information about the collaboration between Drs. Hartman and Bajwa can be found in the NDSU News announcement.
More information about the ND EPSCoR Emerging Areas Seed award recipients and their research topics can be found at the ND EPSCoR website.