Biodegradable, Flame Retardant Wood-Plastic Composites via in situ Polymerization of Lactide Monomer

Novel wood-plastic composite material which is strong, flame retardant, and fully biodegradable, with a simple, safe, and cost effective polymerization process Background: Wood-plastic composite materials have a wide variety of uses and offer several advantages over wood and plastic materials. The selection of a wood-plastic composite to replace wood or plastic materials depends on several factors including cost, strength, biodegradability and fire resistance. Therefore, There is a need for a wood-plastic composite that is inexpensive, strong, biodegradable, and fire resistant. Technology Overview: Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Director in he Department of Chemical and Molecular Engineering created wood -plastic composites by in situ polymerization of lactic monomers, resulting in a composite material of wood and the biodegradable polymer polylactic acid. The polymer is cross-linked within the wood structure and grafted to the fibers. This material exhibits a sharp increase in mechanical properties compared to wood alone. Additionally, with the incorporation of an environmentally safe phosphate-based flame retardant chemical, it is fully flame resistant. The composite material is simultaneously strong, flame retardant and biodegradable. Processing this material is simple, safe, and cost-effective. Advantages: Simple Cost efficient Safe Greater increase in mechanical properties compared to other wood-plastic composites Flame Retardant Fully biodegradable Environmentally friendly Applications: Creation of wood-plastic composite material Intellectual Property Summary: Utility Patent Filed Stage of Development: Licensing Potential: We seek to develop and commercialize, by an exclusive or non-exclusive license agreement and/or sponsored research, with a company active in the area. Licensing Status: Available for License Additional Information: Wood, Plastic, Polylactic acid, Biodegradable, Flame retardant, Lactide, Composite ,
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