A National Science Foundation I/UCRC: Phase I

Facilities and Equipment


Pilot Plant Space at Iowa State UniversityThe Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT) facilities at Iowa State University are designed to develop, test, and scale-up new biobased materials. Through the use of their unique facilities and equipment, they are able to take bench-scale formulations to full-scale manufacturing production.


Lab Space

Approximately 8,000 square feet of lab space provides ample bench room for workers, equipment, and supplies. The labs include state-of-the-art equipment and offer a full range of thermal analysis and mechanical characterization services. Researchers also have access to and expertise in small angle x-ray and neutron scattering for in situ nanoscale structural characterization.


Pilot Plant Space

Pilot plant space includes 3,000 square feet for industrial products processing. The pilot plant equipment includes a plastic film and sheet extruder, compression and injection molding machines, glue depositing, and mechanical testing equipment.



BBRT has a wide range of polymer processing equipment including numerous extruders, injection molding machines and thermoforming systems. In addition, BBRT has extensive thermal and mechanical characterization equipment for polymers and composites. They also have novel fiber processing equipment for the production of graphite fibers. Click here for a complete list of BBRT equipment.



Composite Materials and Engineering Center facilitiesThe Composite Materials and Engineering Center (CMEC) facilities at Washington State University have resources spanning from composite materials characterization, product development, process improvement, to product testing. CMEC is an IAS accredited testing laboratory that meets the highest international quality standards. The 28,000 ft2 facility houses equipment for furnish generation; sorting, drying, blending, and forming; consolidation; physical and chemical property analyses; materials and structural testing; nondestructive evaluation; and computer-based modeling and analysis. Click here for a partial list of equipment and capabilities.

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