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Sustainable Bioplastic from Pine Trees

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Principal Investigator:
Dr. Justin Kennemur
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  • Patent Pending

Researchers at Florida State University have developed a method of converting α-pinene, sourced from forestry biomass, into an isomeric form that renders it suitable for polymerization. The resulting material is predicted to have ballistic, barrier, and mechano-responsive properties. This presents a cheap and new plastic material based on a feedstock that is available on an industrial scale. The conversion method utilizes commercially available catalyst systems and can be performed at scale.


Replacement for commonly used petroleum-based plastics, including:

  • Bottles
  • Shopping bags
  • Fishing nets
  • Straws
  • Multi-pack beverage rings


  • Presents a significant advancement over α- and β-pinene polymers in terms of ease of manufacture
  • Can be harvested sustainably through tapping or through forestry by-products
  • Resistant to ill-effects brought on by contamination
  • Has similar desirable properties when compared to commercially available petroleum-based plastics

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