Whistler Ctr sponsored lecture: Plants to Plastics

Published: March 22, 2013

The Whistler Center is pleased to have Dr. Atanu Biswas, Lead Scientist from NCAUR/USDA (Peoria, IL) to visit us and will be presenting on March 29, 2013. The semiar will be held at Morgan Conference Room at NLSF Food Science Building at Purdue from 11:00 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m.

As we are located in the Corn Belt, our goal has always been to enhance the utilization of corn. Dr. Biswas will talk about research at NCAUR dealing with expanded uses of the components of corn, such as starch, protein, fiber, and oil. Past and ongoing research work includes chemical and enzymatic modifications of renewable resources to produce new biobased materials and value-added products. A particular emphasis is to develop new, green synthetic methodologies through microwave, ionic liquid, and solvent-less processes.

Atanu Biswas is a Lead Scientist with USDA at Peoria, IL. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. After a postdoctoral stay at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA he went to Hercules Incorporated where he worked for 14 years and had 6 patents and one paper. Ten years ago he joined USDA where he has published over 60 papers and one patent thus far. His research deals with green chemistry, polysaccharides, and vegetable oils. A recent focus has been the chemical and enzymatic modifications of renewable resources to produce value-added products. His research emphasizes creativity, collaboration and team work in developing new bio-based materials from starches and proteins using various chemical, physical and biochemical processes to create new market opportunities for agricultural products, and for usage in formulations of adhesives, bio-based plastics, coatings, films, hydrogels, and absorbents.