Glycoplastics – National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Team Members 
Primary Investigator: David Robichaud
Entrepreneurial Lead: Ruoran Zhang
Industry Mentor: Kim Nelson
Industry Mentor: Peter Ciesielski

Technology Description

Polyethylene (PE) is a ubiquitous plastic for many common applications including plastic bags and packaging material. This material is non-biodegradable and is accumulating in massive quantities in the oceans, causing harm to marine ecosystems. Our bio-derived composite films display mechanical properties similar to PE, but dissolve completely in water after a controlled period of time. These materials can serve as eco-friendly replacements for PE and other non-biodegradable plastics.