Chemicals extracted from corn may one day be used to produce durable, heat-resistant plastic parts, thanks to research conducted by Distinguished Professor Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan.
Assistant professor Rouzbeh Ghabchi led a Sun Grant study to determine whether cellulose fibers, harvested from agricultural residue and forest byproducts, can be integrated into asphalt pavement mixtures.
Professor Stephen Gent of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is the regional director of the North Central Sun Grant Center.
Assistant professor Srinivas Janaswamy is extracting cellulose from corn stover and solubilizing it to make strong, biodegradable films.
Cross-laminated timber has grown substantially in popularity for use in exterior walls, floors, partition walls and roofs. However, it has not been used in highway bridges in the United States.