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Interfacial Solutions, the leading provider of idea-to-production contract R&D services to the plastics industry, is pleased to announce it has won an Environmental Stewardship Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The award was recognition for successful work Interfacial Solutions has performed to reprocess scrap polylactic acid (PLA) with unique hyperbranching technology to cost effectively restore physical properties that are typically lost during initial manufacturing. Interfacial Solutions has demonstrated that a variety of post-industrial and post-consumer waste streams of PLA can be reprocessed using their hyperbranching technology thereby extending the useful life of PLA, a broadly used biodegradable plastic.

Interfacial Solutions won the Plastics From Renewables Category. The award was presented at the 2013 Global Plastics Environmental Conference held in New Orleans, LA and accepted by Dr. Adam Pawloski, Interfacial Solutions’ Technical Director. Dr. Pawloski also presented a technical paper at the conference highlighting the unique attributes of Interfacial Solutions’ approach to bringing value to reclaimed scrap PLA. Dr. Pawloski noted, “Interfacial Solutions has long championed the use of sustainable plastics such as PLA. Our deTerra® Biobased Polymers leverage our hyperbranching technology to provide PLA enhanced melt strength, improved physical properties and the ability to enable flame retardant characteristics that meet customer needs for high performance PLA resins. Extending this technology to bring value to scrap PLA is an exciting feature that can further enhance the sustainability of PLA by postponing its end of life characteristics. We are pleased to be working with early commercial adopters of this technology.”

The research for this work was funded by a prestigious Phase I National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (NSF-SBIR) research grant. NSF-SBIR grants focus 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. Interfacial Solutions is proud to see its Phase I grant resulting quickly into commercial product and industry recognition such as SPE’s Environmental Stewardship Award.

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 http://www.interfacialsolutions.com.

The research for this award was based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIP-1215292. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.