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Wednesday, March 8 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Guest Scholar Dr. Saisamorn Lumyong - Bioplastic Production

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Join the Faculty of Science as we welcome guest scholar Dr. Saisamorn Lumyong to IDays. Dr. Lumyong will be presenting on bioplastic production. 

Bioplastics are an increasing well-known alternative to petroleum based plastic. They are derived from biological resources such as starch, cellulose, natural oil or glycerol. Bioplastics were found to be superior to petroplastics in term of energy efficiency, petroleum consumption and C-emissions. Bioplastics in general were found to be safer.  Some bioplastics are biodegradable while others are not.  Starch based bioplastics (especially polylactic acid; PLA) are a majority of the bioplastic market. Other are cellulose, polybutylene succinate; PBS,  biopolytrimethylene tethylene; PTT ,  polyhydroxyalkanoate; PHAs, poly-3-hydroxybutyrate; PHB  and polyvinylalcohol;PVA.  PHAs is the only polymer that all production process is biological meaning this PHA is produced by microorganisms using renewable feedstock.   Efforts in making other bioplastics than that of starch based bioplastic into large scale production using microorganisms are ongoing.

Seating is limited and on a first come first served basis. (Approx. 300 seats available)   


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Dr. Saisamorn Lumyong

Dr. Saisamorn Lumyong’s research interests have been focused in the areas of microbial diversity and microbial ecology.  Dr. Lumyong earned a B.Sc degree from Chiang Mai University (majoring in agriculture with an emphasis on plant protection), a M.Sc. from Kasetsart University and she obtained her Ph.D. from Hokkaido University, Japan. In 1975, she accepted the position of lecturer at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at... Read More →



Wednesday March 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Irving K Barber Centre House of Learning

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