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What are Biomaterials?
A biomaterial may be defined as a processed or engineered product obtained fully or partially from renewable resources. Examples of biomaterials under this definition are natural fiber composites, bioplastic, biobased blends, biorubber, biofoams, bioadhesives, bioink, biobased paints and coating.

Bioproducts may be defined as the industrial products of commercial values that include biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials. Examples for biofuel include bioethanol, biobutal, biodiesel and electricity from biomass. 1,3 propane diol, succinic acid, polyol are few examples of biochemicals that are being derived from biomass or renewable resource. Biomaterials like natural fiber composites, biobased blends, green nanocomposites, and bioplastics are getting renewed interests for the applications as greener auto-parts, building products, furniture and packaging materials.

What is Nanotechnology?
A basic definition: Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale. This covers both current work and concepts that are more advanced.
In its original sense, 'nanotechnology' refers to the projected ability to construct items from the bottom up, using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products.
The nanoscale is about a thousand times smaller than micro that is, about 1/80,000 of the diameter of a human hair. Approximately 3 to 6 atoms can fit inside of a nanometer, depending on the atom. The prefix nano means ten to the minus ninth power, or one billionth. Nanoscale technologies are the development and use of devices that have a size of only a few nanometres. Nanotechnologists manipulate single molecules and atoms.

 

Economic Effects of Bioproduct Efforts on Ontario Agriculture
Alfons Weersink from the Dept of Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics (FARE) presentation from Bioeconomy Research Highlights and Expo Day. Click Here to view.

 

The A-Team Flyer

Learn about the A-Team and the experts from this print friendly flyer. Click Here to view.

 

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