Interfacial Solutions, the leading provider of idea-to-production contract R&D services to the plastics industry, is pleased to announce we have been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (NSF-SBIR) Phase I Grant. The NSF-SBIR grant was based on a proposal to develop new technology that will support the recycling of poly lactic acid (PLA), an eco-friendly plastic made from sustainable resources such as corn. Because of its eco-friendly properties, PLA is being used more broadly in the plastics industry. Important attributes of PLA include its ability to be composted after use in addition being made from sustainable and non-petroleum based sources.

The Interfacial Solutions NSF-SBIR grant suggests to reclaim post-industrial and post-consumer PLA waste and proposes the development of unique reactive extrusion chemistries to re-build the polymer architecture which is usually degraded during the original process and subsequent reclaiming steps. Novel hyperbranching chemistries, initially developed to support the development of Interfacial Solutions’ deTerra® biobased polymers, were proposed.

Interfacial Solutions NSF-SBIR grant also proposed a collaboration with Dr. Paul Fowler and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Fowler is presently investigating methods to support recycling biodegradable PLA used at the campus’ cafeterias. Interfacial Solutions’ proposal also included letters of support from leaders in the biopolymer industry as many recognize the importance of developing an effective technology to support the recycling of PLA to augment composting as ideal end of life alternatives for sustainable bioplastics.

NSF-SBIR focuses on driving innovation and commercialization of new technologies through a highly competitive award-based program. The goal is to stimulate high-tech innovations in the United States through qualified small businesses in the Research and Development sector. Typically, less than 10% of NSF-SBIR grant proposals are accepted.

Gregg Bennett, Chief Executive Officer and Member of Interfacial Solutions, stated, “We are proud to receive this prestigious NSF-SBIR award. We believe our base of biopolymer technologies makes us uniquely qualified to pursue this research and address the important challenge of cost effectively reclaiming PLA from post-industrial and post-consumer waste streams. We have used our hyperbranching chemistry to develop and launch our unique deTerra Biobased Polymers product line and we are excited about successfully demonstrating this technology in the recycled bioplastics field. We look forward to completing our Phase 1 research and ultimately moving the technology and business proposal toward a Phase 2 grant. As the use of biopolymers continues to grow, improving the overall lifecycle of these materials and postponing composting is in the best interest of the environment and society and we are proud of the role Interfacial Solutions will play in achieving this goal.”

About Interfacial Solutions LLC:Interfacial Solutions is a privately held contract research and development technology company with a proven track record of helping innovators innovate in the material science field. Located in a 42,000 square foot facility near River Falls Wisconsin, Interfacial Solutions has a creative team of scientists possessing more than 50 issued patents and is equipped with state-of-the-art polymer testing equipment, compound and processing equipment, and production capabilities to meet a broad range of plastic industry challenges. Additional information can be found at