UHM researcher's work leads to $1.4 million contract

UHM researcher's work leads to $1.4 million contract

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
By: Jamie Lee

The efforts of University of Hawaii professor, Dr. Jian Yu, has prompted UHM to sign a global research contract with Bio-On, an Italian intellectual property company. The agreement is a $1.4 million investment.

Dr. Jian Yu's research focuses on new technologies to produce bioplastics from inexpensive feedstocks, including wood chips, agricultural residues and domestic wastes. The bioplastics can be shaped like oil-based plastics, but are completely degradable into benign products such as carbon dioxide and water in the environment. The research will also make the bioplastics more ductile for broader applications such as films and fibers.

Bio-On has invested $1.6 million over the past seven years into the research, and will invest the additional $1.4 million to continue Dr. Yu's research. UHM has given the company exclusive global license of two patents for production of bioplastics from domestic waste.

"I am glad to have this new research support from Bio-On, which is based on successful cooperation in multiple projects over the past seven years," said Dr. Yu. "The new project shall promote our research on environmentally friendly bioplastics for a sustainable society," he continued.

Dr. Jian Yu's base research center is at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, a unit of the School of Ocean Earth and Science Technology at UHM.

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