Researchers from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) have successfully converted plant-based raw materials and its waste by-products into valuable and renewable polyols and polyurethanes (PU) that can be used for commercial production of coatings, insulation, and packing foam materials.
In a press release, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has disclosed that Dr. Arnold A. Lubguban and his team at the MSU-IIT BioProducts Research Laboratories (BPRL) have developed the sophisticated green technology in collaboration with DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD)
Accordingly, the innovation uses renewable feedstock to produce highly functional polyols and PU-based bioproducts for commercial applications such as rigid insulation foams, semi-flexible packaging foam materials, and waterborne anti-corrosive coatings.
The project had partner industries that provided support that include Chemrez Technologies, Inc. and Nuevochem Specialties, Inc.
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