Bioplastic, R&D

Elevance funds polymer research program at Virginia Tech

Elevance has partnered with Virginia Tech, a leading research institution in Virginia, on a research program that aims to enable engineered polymer and CASE partners and customers to create new and expanded product lines that were impossible until now.

The one-year agreement consists of two graduate-level researchers who are focusing research on the physical characterization of new and novel materials so that customers can:

  • Meet market demands faster
  • Address industry challenges, including moisture sensitivity and chemical resistance, improved temperature properties, and improved adhesion to metals, glass and other polymers;
  • Grow businesses using renewable feedstocks and monomers with novel functionality;
  • Expand portfolios with products that deliver differentiated and enhanced performance; and
  • Diversify raw material supply chains while achieving sustainability goals.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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