A collaboration between Iowa State University and the University of Washington, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) works to develop sustainable, value-added plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites from agricultural and forestry feedstocks. Overseen by ISU and with facilities in both Iowa and Washington, the CB2 is a National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center that brings together university-led research teams with industry experts to manufacture and send to market commercially viable replacements for petroleum-based products. All resulting intellectual property and commercial contracts are administered by the funding university as the center works with commercial partners to find profitable real-world applications for their innovative new products. As such, both ISU and WSU have invested heavily in state-of-the-art production labs and specialized equipment needed for full-scale and cost-effective renewable materials manufacturing. This exemplary level of inter-university collaboration and expertise is just one of many examples found within the Cultivation Corridor that has placed central Iowa at the forefront of an expanding — and essential — biorenewables industry.
Each year, the center funds various research projects that are compatible with the its three main objectives:
• Improving the basic understanding of the synthesis, processing, properties, and compounding of bioplastic and biocomposite materials
• Developing reliable material characteristics data for industrial partners
• Supporting large-scale implementation of renewable materials.
By reaching across the country to increase the understanding and dissemination of bioplastic and biocomposite products in the marketplace, CB2 is making important gains toward someday replacing many of the world’s most widely used products.
CB2 integrates with other ISU and WSU research programs and facilities to greatly expand its production and research capabilities.
CB2 is an NSF Industry & Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) that unites universities and industry leaders around bioplastics and biocomposites.
CB2 is lead by ISU in Ames, IA, with additional research and production facilities and staff located at Washington State University.