SelfEco Featured on KARE11
KARE11 — March 25, 2017
CB2 industry member SelfEco was featured on KARE11's Inventures for its compostable and self-feeding garden pots. More »
CB2 Research Showcased on Faculty Research Day
Iowa State Daily— March 21, 2017
CB2 is at the forefront of the research aiming to reduce the use of petroleum in industrial adhesives. More »
Bioplastics Team Won CALS Team Award
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)— March 10, 2017
The team developed a sustainable technology that replaces petroleum-based plastics with ones made from biorenewable materials. Congrats to team members William Graves, Chris Currey, David Grewell, Darren Jarboe, Kurt Rosentrater, and James Schrader. More » See Team Photo »
Grewell Selected to Serve on Biotechnology Council
Office of Biotechnology — November, 2016
Dr. David Grewell has been selected to serve a three-year term on Iowa State's Biotechnology Council. The council makes recommendations to the Office of Biotechnology on program activities supporting biotechnology research, education and outreach. More »
Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites Placing Iowa on Top
Cultivation Corridor — October, 2016
CB2 helps give Iowa a competitive edge in the bioplastics industry. The Center's goals align with the State of Iowa's mission to create more sustainable manufacturing processes. More »
Iowa State University Researchers Develop Soy-based Fertilizer for Improved Sustainability
Iowa State University News Service — October, 2016
David Grewell and James Schrader lead a team investigating the use of soy-based materials in a fully biorenewable, slow-release fertilizer. More »
SPE has released a Call for Papers for ANTEC 2017 in Anaheim, California
SPE — October, 2016
SPE's Plastics Technology Conference, ANTEC 2017, is now accepting Professional and Graduate Paper Submissions due January 13, 2017. See PDF Flyer for more info »
CB2 Industy Member, SelfEco, is a Finalist and Division Winner in Minnesota's Statewide Entrepreneurship Competition
MN Cup — September 1, 2016
CB2 industry member SelfEco is the Food/Ag/Beverage division winner in the MN Cup, Minnesota's competition to find the state's best entrepreneur of 2016. More »
SPI Released Plastics Market Watch: Bioplastics Report
SPI — August 2016
As a member of SPI, CB2 wants to share SPI's Plastics Market Watch Report on Bioplastics. The report focuses on business and environmental benefits of bioplastics products. Go to SPI's website to see the PDF report »
Byogy Speaks at Biofuels Association of Australia
Biofuels Association of Australia — August 2016
CEO of CB2 industry member Byogy, Kevin Weiss, speaks about "Renewables and the Next Steps to Commercialisation" at Biofuels Association of Australia.
CB2 as SPI Member Spotlight in Bioplastics Connect
SPI Bioplastics Connect — Spring 2016
See CB2 in the Member Spotlight in the Spring issue of SPI Bioplastics Connect.
Why Ford Wants to Make Car Parts out of a Tequila Factory's Leftovers
The Washington Post — July 22, 2016
CB2 director, David Grewell, and CB2 industry member, Debbie Mielewski, Ford's senior technical leader of sustainbalbe materials, were mentioned in the Washington Post about Ford's work on bioplastics in automotive industry.
Ford, Jose Cuervo Team up to Make Car Parts from Agave
Ford MediaCenter — July 19, 2016
CB2 industry member, Ford, teamed up with Jose Cuervo to make car parts from agave.
Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps Up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels
BiofuelsDigest — July 3, 2016
CB2 industry member, Byogy, was featured in BiofuelsDigest. It mentioned the work CB2 is currently doing on agave fibers for the possible co-products.
BYOGY Renewables Appoints Martin Ferguson as Australia Chairman
PR MediaRelease — June 27, 2016
News about CB2 industry member, Byogy. Emerging Silicon Valley biofuel producer, Byogy Renewables Inc. has stepped up plans to commercialize a biofuel industry in Australia.
"What Do You Have in the 'Bio' Range?"
Bio-based additives and fillers are answering the calls for sustainability
Plastics Engineering — March 2016
Companies are on the march toward goals such as reducing carbon footprint and waste, and bio-based, renewably sourced materials—including modifiers, reinforcements, and fillers used in either conventional or biobased polymer formulations—can help companies achieve these targets.
Grow with KARE: SelfEco pot
KARE 11 News — February 22, 2016
CB2 industry member, SelfEco, was featured on KARE 11 (NBS Affiliate) in Minneapolis/St. Paul. SelfEco's new product is a compostable, self-feeding garden pot. This is the 'cutting edge of gardening'.
Researchers Test 'Game Changer' in Manufacturing Industry
KCCI Des Moines — February 11, 2016
Iowa State University researchers are testing a 3D metal printer that has the potential to save companies time and money in the manufacturing process.
Recycling Passion: Engineers at Washington State University take upcycling to a whole new level
Washington State Magazine
At the Composite Material and Engineering Center, they turn waste—from wood to carpet fiber to wind turbine blades—into composite materials strong enough for new buildings and bridges.
Iowa State University Buys Wittmann Battenfeld Machine
Plastics Technology — September 1, 2015
The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), a Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) program at Iowa State University, recently purchased a HM 90/350 injection molding machine from Wittmann Battenfeld, Torrington, CT, for research and education purposes.
Cultivating Iowa's Growth in Bio-based Plastics
Business Record — August 7, 2015
Plastics are integral and ubiquitous in our everyday lives, from the interiors of our vehicles to our cellphones to the packaging for the products we purchase. Surprisingly, few plastics yet are made with renewable materials and processes. A new center at Iowa State University — in partnership with more than two dozen corporations, and the number is growing — is working to change that paradigm.
Five-Year Study Culminates In Viable Biobased Plant Containers
Plastics Technology Blog — April 27, 2015
The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), Ames, Iowa, has been successful in developing a viable and sustainable biobased replacement for petroleum-based plant containers. In fact, the new Bio-Res PLA renewable and compostable pots were fabricated at NPE2015 last month.
CB2: Collaboration on Biobased Products
Inland Blog — April 22, 2015
CB2 industry member, Inland, discusses the reasons why they decided to join the center.
Plant Oils Used for Novel Biobased Plastics
Product Design and Development — April 16, 2015
Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants.
CB2 produces biobased plant containers live at NPE2015
Plastics Today — March 20, 2015
For an on-site demonstration of injection molding with biobased plastics, booth S-18189 of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) in the Sustainability Pavilion is the place to be at NPE2015. That’s where biobased plant containers are being molded from Bio-Res PLA, a 100% renewable and compostable plastic.
New NSF Center for Bioplastics and BIocomposites Launched
bioplastics MAGAZINE — January 2015, Volume 10: SUBSCRIPTION ONLY
Access to world-class facilities and researchers and accelerated development of new environmentally sustainable products and processes are two of the many reasons bioplastics industry leaders, like 3M Co. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. are investing in the development and evolution of the new (US) National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry and University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites.
NPE2015 Show Preview
bioplastics MAGAZINE — January 2015, Volume 10: SUBSCRIPTION ONLY
CB2 was listed in bioplastics MAGAZINE NPE2015 Show Preview.
Renewable Materials Research Gets Government, Industry Funding
Iowa Public Radio — December 11, 2014
Director David Grewell was interviewed by Iowa Public Radio about CB2 and its research.
Iowa State University Researchers Hope to Make Bioplastic Adhesives Stick in the Marketplace
ISU News Service — November 20, 2014
Researchers are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market.
Iowa State University Researcher Sees Market Potential for Biobased Wax Coatings
CCUR Newsletter — July-August 2014
CB2 researcher sees market potential for soybean oil-based wax coatings in the paper and packaging industry.
Super-absorbent Gel Could Help Farmers Save Water
WSU News — June 30, 2014
A biodegradable gel that can absorb more than 250 times its weight in water could potentially help farmers retain moisture in drought-stricken fields. Developed by Washington State University researchers led by CB2 member Jinwen Zhang, the gel is similar to that used in absorbent diapers. But the hydrogel pellets are made from biodegradable agricultural material, rather than a petroleum product.
Team Developing Materials and Electronics that Dissolve when Triggered
Iowa State University News Service — April 3, 2014
CB2 site director Michael Kessler is part of a team that is developing "transient materials" and "transient electronics" that can quickly and completely melt away when a trigger is activated.
CB2 was Featured in a Recent Blog Post on Iowa Science Interface
Iowa Science Interface — March 5, 2013
David Grewell, director of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, discusses the recent NSF planning grant awarded to CB2.