UMD Researchers Develop Novel Bioplastic From Lignocellulosic Resources
Lynn L. Bergeson
Ligia Duarte Botelho, M.A.
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
On March 25, 2021, researchers from the University of Maryland Department (UMD) of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) published, in
, a study titled “A strong, biodegradable and recyclable lignocellulosic bioplastic.”
The study outlines UMD MSE’s new
lignin regeneration strategy that synthesizes a high-performance bioplastic from lignocellulosic resources such as wood. According to the published article, renewable and biodegradable materials derived from biomass often exhibit mechanical performance and wet stability that are insufficient for practical applications. Given these circumstances, the newly developed method for bioplastic production improves efficiency and reduces environmental impacts because it involves only green and recyclable chemicals. The study can be accessed
, detailing the process in which porous matrices of natural wood are deconstructed to form the lignocellulosic bioplastic.