(499e) Novel Blends/Composites From Biobased Resin Systems and Lignin Hybrid

Misra, M., University of Guelph
Mohanty, A. K., University of Guelph
Luo, X., Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, Department of Plant Agriculture
Deka, H., University of Guelph
Sahoo, S., University of Guelph

A series of novel lignin based bioblends/biocomposites have been developed in our laboratory and show tremendous promise for applications in automotives and housing.

In this presentation; three different lignin hybrids are prepared from either poly(furfuryl alcohol) or hybrid-biobased epoxy, or -bio-based polyurethane (PUR) matrices, and incorporate various natural fibers and fillers as reinforcements. All of the processed bioblends/biocomposites showed higher static and dynamic mechanical properties as compared to the neat matrix containing the same amount of bioresins. This presentation mostly highlights innovative value added non-food industrial applications for underutilized vegetable/plant derived resins and biomass derived biofibers and lignin. This research is financially supported by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)-University of Guelph-OMAFRA (Bioeconomy for Industrial Uses Program 2009 & 2010); OMAFRA -New Directions Research Programs 2009, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation BioCar Initiative project, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-CRD program; Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) fund; and Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA) fund.