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2019 Full Grant Awards
- Chlorine Removal from Plastic Wastes. This project explores the application of pyrolytic torrefaction process to removal of chlorine content from several common plastic waste streams. Doing so allows the resulting plastic materials to serve as a clean solid fuel for energy generation or other purposes. If effective, the process would provide an effective, clean, and consumptive process to reduce the amount of plastic that must be landfills. (Ezra Bar Ziv, Michigan Technological University)
- Design and Testing of a New Generation of Herpesvirus Vaccines Using a Novel Vaccine Development System. Herpesviruses are the source of a number of important diseases in domestic animals. This study examines the efficacy of a novel herpesvirus vaccine based on feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1) in generating a protective anti-FHV-1 immune response in domestic cats. (Gisella Hussey and Roger Maes, Michigan State University)
- Development of High-Performance, Lignin-Based Polyurethane Adhesive for Engineered Wood Products. This application-oriented project seeks to replace some or all of the non-renewable polyol used in producing engineered wood products (using polyurethane chemistry) with lignocellulosic materials for wood and paper processing operations. (Mojgan Nejad, Michigan State University)
- New Generation Plastic-Free, Fluorine-Free and 100% Recyclable Paper Cups, Lids, Plates and Fast-Food Wrappers. This project seeks to assess the commercial utility of a recently invented plastic-free, fluorine-free water- and oil-resistant paper, which may be a suitable replacement for single-use consumable plastics such as disposable lids, cups, plates, food wrappers, and paperboards. This study examines the commercial utility of the materials and potential to remove the coating and recycle to coated paper products. (Muhammad Rabnawaz, Michigan State University)