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Producing Biodegradable Plastic Alternatives Using Microfluidizer Processors

Published on August 18, 2010 at 12:49 AM

According to industry analysts, Americans dispose 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, and the annual world consumption of plastic is approaching 100 million tons. Clearly, it is imperative to find a plastic alternative produced from renewable resources. North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers have demonstrated a viable solution for producing Microfibrillated Celluloses (MFCs) from wood pulps. These MFCs, when produced on a Microfluidizer high shear fluid processor from Microfluidics, have been shown to be biodegradable, energy efficient and strength competitive with currently utilized petroleum-based plastics.

NCSU researcher Kelley Spence will present findings at a complimentary webinar on August 25, 2010 at www.microfluidicscorp.com/webinars. In the webinar, Ms. Spence will detail her study and results toward critical objectives:

  • Determine the effectiveness of three alternative processing methods (Microfluidization, homogenization and micro-grinding)
  • Develop a more energy-efficient process for biodegradable plastic alternatives (maintain/improve quality of existing materials and prove commercial viability for large-scale manufacturing)

A replay will remain active in the website’s archive following the live event and a written case study is also available online. On September 15, 2010, the Microfluidics Webinar Series will continue with an educational presentation on nanomaterials for applications within the chemical industry such as carbon nanotube dispersions, coatings, inks and more.

Microfluidics International Corporation (OTCBB: MFLU) is the exclusive producer of Microfluidizer® high shear fluid processors for uniform particle size reduction, robust cell disruption and bottom-up nanoparticle creation. Used primarily by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, cosmetic, nutraceutical/food and energy companies to research, develop and improve products with efficient processes, more than 3,000 Microfluidizer processors are installed at customer sites in 50 countries around the world. The innovative Microfluidics Technology Center, located at the company’s headquarters outside Boston, Mass., is staffed by expert engineers with a wide range of nanotechnology and application experience for Proof of Concept and Process Development services.

Posted August 17th, 2010

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