Innovative Bioplastic Technologies That Respect Our Environment

Our developmental focus is on patented technologies that can benefit the environment. We are developing ecologically responsible bioplastic technologies that can utilize readily available materials, meet manufacturers’ performance standards, and degrade more rapidly with no harm to the environment. We are looking to partner with ecologically minded enterprises for producing mutually profitable, environmentally wise products. Let’s talk.


Polyesteracetals

Transforming commercial polylactic acid (PLA) into a marine-degradable variant

This patented polyesteracetal innovation incorporates acetal functionality into the main-chain of polylactic acid (PLA). Through this modification, the thermal properties of PLA are improved and hydrolytic degradation time in marine environments is substantially reduced.

Inventors: Stephen A. Miller, Ryan T. Martin.

Miller, S.A.; Martin, R.T. Polyesteracetals. U.S. Patent 8,653,226, 2014 (University of Florida, UF# 13053).

Marine-degradable polylactic acid—Green Chemistry


Polyglycolic acid and copolymers thereof from C1 Feedstocks

Utilizing simple, bio-based C1 feedstocks for direct and efficient synthesis of polyglycolic acid (PGA)

This invention identifies conditions for the polymerization of inexpensive, readily available C1 feedstocks to form polyglycolic acid (PGA). While PGA is a small-scale polymer with niche applications, this advance greatly streamlines its production and markedly increases its potential as a thermoplastic for the vast disposable packaging market.

Inventors: Stephen A. Miller, Alexander G. Pemba, Ersen Gokturk. U.S. Provisional Patent Application, Serial No. 61/608,196, March 8th, 2012 (University of Florida, UF# 13913).

Polyglycolic acid and copolymers thereof from c1 feedstocks — WO 2013134635 A1

Sustainable Polymers: Opportunities for the Next Decade–Viewpoint by Stephen A. Miller – ACS Macro Letters


Acetal Metathesis Polymerization

General methodology for converting biogenic diols to water-degradable polyacetals

This invention describes the formation of water-degradable polyacetals from a variety of biogenic diols. Polymeric properties, such as melting temperature, can be finely tuned, based on the structure and functionality of the monomers employed. This patented system for acetal metathesis polymerization creates polymers with superior natural degradation ability—innovation that could significantly reduce plastics pollution in marine environments.

Inventors: Stephen A. Miller, Alexander G. Pemba. U.S. Patent Application, PCT/US2012/029355; filed March 16th, 2012 (University of Florida, UF# 13521).

Acetal metathesis polymerization — WO 2012129070 A2

Acetal metathesis polymerization (AMP): A method for synthesizing biorenewable polyacetals


Other Clean Technologies

US Bioplastics® is introducing profitable new technology in domestic bio-organics and bio-fuel production.