Bioplastic Synthesis Using Organic Waste Material

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UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
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Plastic takes many years to decompose and continues to pollute the environment. This necessitates the need for biodegradable plastics that can replace the current fossil fuel based plastics. Furthermore, an enormous amount of organic waste is produced every year. This study aims to synthesize cellulose and starch based bioplastic from food waste material. While there are current studies that describe some processes for this synthesis, current bioplastics are unable to match the performance of conventional plastics. Through this project, we examine alternative biodegradable plastics to enhance the mechanical and thermal properties of bioplastics and decrease costs by using waste products as raw materials.

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