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ISTC Seminar | Lab to Market Transition Path: Production of a Bio-Adhesive from Biomass

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Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign (metered parking in the lot; bike parking; Yellow Bus stops 1 block away.)
Feb 9, 2018   11:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Presented by Dr. Elham H. Fini - Director of the Sustainable Infrastructure Materials lab, Associate Professor, J. W. Fulbright Scholar and Dr. Mahour Parast - Director of Innovation Center for Materials, Method and Management and an Assistant Professor of Technology Management; both at North Carolina A&T State University
Elizabeth Meschewski
Originating Calendar
Illinois State Water Survey events

The seminar features technical developments and commercial path for the bio-adhesive technology invented by Dr. Fini at NC A&T State University, which was further commercialized through a spin-off company (Bio-Adhesive Alliance, Inc.).

The research component discusses interaction mechanisms between bio-adhesive and petroleum based asphalt using atomistic modeling along with experimental approach. The technical research is expected to introduce a paradigm for asphalt characterization and modeling, enabling an integration of biological science, chemistry and mechanics while revolutionizing waste management for better environmental protection.

This joint talk will elaborate on process of synthesis and characterization of a bio-adhesive through the support from an NSF CAREER award followed by customer discovery and market analysis via NSF I-Corps and NSF STTR projects discussing several identified markets for bio-adhesive including asphalt and pavement application. Accordingly, the presentation discusses the opportunities and challenges associated with product development and technology commercialization of bio-resin and bio-based construction materials to address technological innovation and product development for bio-based materials.

The inventor was recently selected as one of the seven 2017 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors nationwide. The technology was also featured in Women History Month by Science 360 News, as well as WIRED Magazine, Scientific American, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Venturewell, and more recently by CNBC, Science Nation and NSF.

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