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MEĀ 636. Biopolymers and Biocomposites. 3 Credits.

Structure/properties/synthesis of biopolymers, biomaterials and engineered biocomposites derived from plant based materials. An interdisciplinary course designed for graduate students. Introduction to science and engineering of converting biorenewable resources into novel biobased materials and products. Introduction to principles and concepts critical to successful design of polymeric biomaterials, coatings, and biocomposites. Understanding environmental impacts through life cycle analysis (LCA). Restrictions: A junior standing student can register if accepted to an accelerated graduate program. Cross-listed with CHEM 636 and CPM 636. {Also offered for undergraduate credit - See ME 436.}.