Three universities are joining forces to establish The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites to combine academic and private resources to study technical issues surrounding renewably sourced materials.
"Our plan is to conduct pre-competitive research that would benefit many companies," said Meg Sobkowicz Kline, a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in an interview at Innovation Takes Root in Orlando, FL. Participating companies will be able to use results of the research on a royalty-free basis. Research projects will be determined by the members.
Many heavyweights such as Rubbermaid and 3M are already on board and several more are expected to join.
The participating schools are University of Massachusetts Lowell, Iowa State University, and Washington State University. Sobkowicz-Kline is site director for the program at UMass Lowell.