Modification of Asphalt using Castor Oil Based Polyurethane

Scientists from India performed an experiment where asphalt which is commonly used for road pavement was modified using castor oil based polyurethane to improve the properties of asphalt such as resistance to permanent deformation and to refined_bitumenreduce the fatigue.

Polyurethane pre-polymer (PUP) was prepared by using castor oil and toluene diisocyanate (TDI). Asphalt modification was done using castor oil (C.O.) and PUP. Results showed that polymer modified asphalt showed improvement in properties such as hardness and softening point thereby making the pavement application smooth.


New Bio-based Building Block for Chemical Industry

Scientists from Colombia performed an experiment where a kinetic model was developed for high CO2 pressure carbonation of epoxidized castor oil to be used in the castor oil polyurethaneproduction of thermoset polymers and non-isocyanate polyurethanes.

Carbonated castor oil was produced from the epoxidized oil at 100–130 °C and a constant pressure of CO2 (0.5 MPa). Because the polyfunctional character of the product, it could find applications as monomer and as a synthetic building block for other bio-based chemicals.


Castor Oil Derived Acrylic Copolymers for Surface Coating Applications

Scientists from India performed an experiment where they invented castor oil derived acrylic copolymers which can be used for surface coating applications.Homepagecarroussel-research1

Acrylic polyols containing hydroxy functional groups derived from castor oil were synthesized in the presence of an initiator. The synthesized resins when cured with suitable polyisocyanates or amino resin cross-linkers provided tough, glossy and chemical & weather resistant coatings.


New Castor Oil Based Lubricant Basestocks

Scientists from India performed an experiment to synthesize castor oil based acrylated derivatives to be used as potential lubricant basestocks. The acylated imagesderivatives of castor oil, castor oil fatty acid methyl and 2-ethylhexyl esters were synthesized using different anhydrides in about 90–95% yield. All the products were structurally characterized using NMR and IR spectral data.

Results showed that castor oil could have use in hydraulic and metal working fluids and other industrial fluids with their wide range of properties.


New Castor Oil/PCL Based Bio-PU Foam

Scientists from Korea performed an experiment to fabricate castor oil/PCL based bio-polyurethane foam reinforced with nano cellulose. PU foam based on biomaterials castor oil polyurethanewas investigated to replace traditional petroleum-based polyol. Polyols were synthesized from castor oil (CO) and polycaprolactone (PCL). In addition, the effects of the nanocellulose on the thermal and mechanical properties of CO-based PU foam were investigated.

Results showed that addition of the nanocellulose could be an effective way to improve the mechanical and thermal properties of PU foams.


New Castor Oil Based Curing Agent

Castor oil-derived decanediamide, as a novel flexible epoxy curing agent, was synthesized by scientists from China through the method of esterization with methanol and ammonolysis with ammonia. The chemical structure and thermal properties imagesof this novel curing agent were confirmed by FTIR.

The results showed that the prepared decanediamide had a high yield of 85.4%, and the epoxy resin cured by the decanediamide revealed a slight decrease in the mechanical properties and thermal stability, and a longer pot life at high temperature compared with that of a conventional epoxy curing agent.


Meet 30+ Global Bioplastic Experts at Flagship Conference at Düsseldorf, Germany, 20–22 Oct

Bioplastic Business Breakfast 2016

Organized by Bioplastics Magazine

If you have a professional interest in bioplastics, this event is a must attend. Or, you need to wait for another 3 years!

Venue: Düsseldorf Fairgrounds, Düsseldorf, Germany

The conference presentations focus on a separate area on each day:

Day 1, Oct 20 Bioplastics in packaging
Day 2, Oct 21 PLA: an innovative bioplastic
Day 3, Oct 22 Bioplastic in durable applications

The conference happens from 8 am to 12:30 pm with opportunities to ask your questions and a networking break in between. This conference accompanies the biggest trade show on plastics and rubber, K’2016, which will be taking place on the same days starting at 10:30 am.


Video of the Bioplastic Business Breakfast 2013

Who Should Attend?

  • Entrepreneurs and businesses keen on exploring the business potential in the bioplastics sector
  • Plastic manufacturing firms interested in the bio-based plastics business opportunity
  • Chemical companies keen on exploring how to they can play a role in the bio-based economy
  • Academic and industrial researchers working on bioplastics, biopolymers and biocomposites
  • Government bodies keen on developing an understanding the global bioplastics market to tackle the severe environmental challenges from conventional plastics

Why Should You Attend? The Benefits

  • Meet the Experts: Learn industry developments and trends from the leaders, from top global firms such as NatureWorks and BASF to pioneering researchers, all at one place.
  • Focused Learning: With a separate focus on each of the three days, this is an exceptional opportunity for you to get clarity on terminology, production routes, chemistry and applications of bioplastics.
  • Industry Connections: Form connections with leading bioplastic companies and consultants to help your business plans.

Companies & Organizations Present at the Event

Companies/organizations represented, among others, include:

BASF, Germany NatureWorks, USA Fraunhofer ICT, Germany
Corbion, Netherlands Novamont, Italy nova-Institute, Germany
Michigan State University, USA European Bioplastics Biotec, Germnay
Scion, New Zealand AIMPAS, Spain Mitsubishi Chemical, Japan
DSM, Netherlands SKZ, Germany Sulzer Chemtech, Switzerland

Prominent Experts

  • Marc Vergauwen, NatureWorks – Presenting on The latest INGEO packaging applications and developments

Marc’s career has been in sales and business development. He is currently Global Segment Lead, Rigids, at NatureWorks and had been Commercial Director, Europe, for more than 10 years previously, also at NatureWorks.

  • Sven Wenigmann, BASF – Presenting on Newest compostable packaging solutions based on ecovio®

Sven is currently Research Manager, Safety Engineering at BASF Corporation, U.S. Though his careers, his responsibilities have been in ensuring process safety, assessment of chemical reaction hazards and management of chemists and technicians.

  • Hugo Vuurens, Corbion – Presenting on Innovations in PLA packaging

Hugo is Senior Business Director, Bioplastics, at Corbion. In more than 6 years at Corbion, he has helped the company developed the business of bio-based plastics. In the PLA part of the business, he has been responsible for setting up partnerships throughout the supply chain, among other things. His overall career has been focused on management, including business strategy, international sales and business development.

  • Bert Clymans, Corbion – Presenting on Durable PLA applications

Bert is the Business Development Manager, Europe, at Corbion. After a short technical career, he has been in sales & accounts management since 2012.

  • Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University – Presenting on Messaging biodegradability-compostability – Do’s &Don’t’s

Ramani is a Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. He is a worldwide authority on biodegradability and plastics. He is the technical expert for the USA on International Standards Organization on Plastics, specifically for terminology and biodegradable plastics. Some of this areas of research: design & engineering of sustainable, bio-based products, biodegradable plastics, bio-fiber reinforced composites, reactive extrusion polymerization and processing, studies in plastic end-of-life options like biodegradation and composting, and carbon footprint calculations for plastics and products

  • Caroli Buitenhuis, Biobased Packaging Innovations – Presenting on Evolutions in bioplastics packaging

Caroli is the Director of Bioplastics and Biobased Packaging, where she advises companies and provide insights into making the right choices around bioplastics and bio-based packaging. She is also the founder of TassenBol, which helped government, retailers, consumers and municipalities to realize environmental change.

  • Chelo Escrig, AIMPLAS – Presenting on Success stories in biodegradable plastics for packaging

Chelo has more than 15 years of experience in the field of extrusion of polymeric materials. Her main lines of research and work are the development and extrusion processing of new materials, the development of biopolymers and thermoplastic composites for various applications such as packaging, construction, agriculture, etc.

  • Francois de Bie, European Bioplastics – Presenting on Current situation of PLA in Europe

Francois, Chairman of European Bioplastics Association and Senior Director – Marketing at Corbion, has held various business leadership roles in B2B environments, having worked previously in GE plastics, SABIC Innovative plastics and EconCore. His responsibilities have included: defining the new PLA business strategy & detailing the business case for forward integration; and operationalizing the new strategic direction.

  • Remy Jongboom, Biotec – Presenting on Bioplast 900, what else?

Remy is the Director of Business Development at Biotec. He has been responsible for the introduction of 2 bioplastic brands and significantly contributed to third, all in market now. His career spans R&D, product development, management, marketing/sales and consultancy on a senior level.

  • Kate Parker, Scion – Presenting on Bioplastics from side streams

Kate, who is a chemist at Scion, is developing new packaging materials using biomaterials. Particular area of interest is biopolymer foams as an alternative to expandable polystyrene.

Other speakers, their organization and presentation in the conference are:

Speaker Company Presentation
Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE Welcome remarks (on all three days)
Harald Kaeb narocon Market Development in Europe and Government Incentives
Patrick Gerritsen bio4pack Compostable laminates
Emanuela Bardi Taghleef BoPLA flexible film applications in food and non-food packaging
Alberto Castellanza Novamont Mater-Bi: New developments in packaging Applications
Wonja (Jason) Lee Doill ECOTEC Blow moulding of WPC for bottle applications
Jo Kockelkoren Reverdia Enabling bioplastic packaging through application co-development
Nikola Kocić SKZ Degradation of PLA during long-term storage
Steve Davies NatureWorks (t.b.c.) Latest INGEO  developments (feedstock, resin grades, applications)
Emmanuel Rapendy Sulzer Chemtech From bench to industrial scale
Nikola Kocić SKZ Modification of PLA for extrusion applications
Björn Bermann Fraunhofer ICT PLA modifications – new recipes make fit for new applications
Jan  Noordegraaf Synbra  (t.b.c.) An expanding update on BioFoam E-PLA foam applications (t.b.c.)
John Leung Biosolutions PLA foam coffee cup
Jacek Lecinski IfBB Recycling of PLA in the Pre-Consumer sector
Kristy Barbara Lange European Bioplastics Current situation of bioplastics for durable applications in Europe
Frank Diodato NatureWorks Bioplastics in ABS replacement markets/applications, incl. 3D printing
N.N. Mitubishi Chemical (t.b.d.) Durabio engineering bioplastics (t.b.c.)
Caroline Mitterlehner DSM Keep water safe – EcoPaXX in (drinking) water contact applications
Daniel Ganz Sukano Sustainability without compromises – Discover Sukano’s solutions and vision
Dirk Schawaller Tecnaro Biobased materials for durable applications
Daniela Jahn IfBB Switching to biomaterials – an holistic approach
Patrick Zimmermann FKuR Biobased TPE for innovative applications
Michael Carus nova-Institute Why bio-based? Forgotten and new answers


The conference fee is € 299.00 for one day, € 449.00 for two days and € 499 for all three days (VAT extra, where applicable).

Register now for the Event!

Send a note to Vijay Wilfred at or call him at +91-9994699951 for registration.

Visit this link to know more about the conference. Registration also gives you access to the K’2016 trade show.

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SEA Launches Pilot Project to Increase Castor seed Yield

Castor-Oil-Seeds2SEA has launched a pilot project in Gujarat to help farmers increase the productivity of castor seeds to 2,000 kg per hectare from the current average yield of 1,200-1,400 kg a hectare.

The model farm would be supervised by the agriculture scientists and progressive farmers. The beneficial results will motivate many farmers to replicate good practices demonstrated at the model farm and achieve higher yield.


Earth Gen-Biofuel Promotes Use of Castor Bean Oil as a Biofuel Feedstock

Earth Gen-BioFuel has planned to promote the use of castor bean oil in the manufacture of biodiesel. It has planned to sponsor two international castor bean industry symposiums. The first symposium will be in the United States and the second is planned for 37698_earthgenbiofuel-logo-2_0Southeast Asia.

EarthGen plans to expand its own castor bean farming beyond its Laos operation to develop and diversify its growing locations and harvesting dates. In addition to working with the Singapore based consulting group Gionesis, the company has been working with farm operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru and Mexico.