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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Guayule natural rubber (GNR) nanofibers

Creation of guayule natural rubber (GNR) nanofibers via electrospinning with co-polymer blends of GNR and FDA-approved implantable plastics (Dr. Cornish)

Many bio-plastic polymers are too brittle for wide application.  We work on blends of GNR with PHVB, and will extend the study to blends with polylactic acid and polyglycolic acid.  Applications include biomedical scaffolds and vascular stents with delayed biodegradation.