Faculty and students from NDSU recently presented on their CSMS research at the 4th International Symposium on Materials from Renewables (ISMR) held October 9th and 10th in Athens, GA.
The ISMR symposium was co-organized by NDSU and the University of Georgia, with a goal of sharing research on converting renewable resources (for example, byproducts of agricultural production like wheat chaff, or even chicken feathers) into composites that can be used for products like paints, coatings, coatings additives, adhesives, as well as packaging, textiles, and bottles.
NDSU faculty members Andriy Voronov and Mukund Sibi presented lectures on their research and served as co-organizers of the symposium (along with Dr. Dean Webster). Sibi’s presentation described new methods for the synthesis of novel monomers from biomass. Voronov’s lecture detailed the preparation of latex composites derived from renewable plant-based monomer mixtures and their feasibility in coatings applications.
Zoriana Demchuk, doctoral student in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU, presented a poster entitled “The Life Cycle Assessment of Soybean Oil‐Based Acrylic Monomer Production.” Demchuk’s poster is based on results obtained in collaboration between the Voronov and Pourhashem groups within CSMS. Yehor Polunin, a first year graduate student in the Voronov group, presented a poster on “Fully-Biobased Latex Copolymers From Soy and Vanillin Derived Vinyl Monomers”. This investigation is a collaborative work between the Voronov and the Sibi group. Karan Bansal, a second-year graduate student in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials presented a poster on “Self-Assembled Nanoparticles Prepared Using Bio-Based Macromolecules for Functional Coatings.”
The 5th International Symposium on Materials from Renewables will be held next at North Dakota State University on July 21-22, 2020.