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Biomaterials for Design

Research Open House 2020

Jessica Smith, MID ’20
Cindie Kehlet, Professor and Advisor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Math and Science
School of Design, Industrial Design

Biomaterials for Design explores the characteristics of various bioplastics and their potential application within design. A collaboration between science and design, we created a spectrum of bioplastics with varying qualities of strength, flexibility, and durability and used them to create products ranging from bioplastic bags to light fixtures. The goal is to create new materials for manufacturing products that are non-petroleum based and completely biodegradable at the end of their intended use.