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Aspects of Bioproduct’s End of Life,  Biopolymers Biodegradation and Paper Recycling


March 29th Tuesday 4PM-5PM PDT


CHBE Room 102, 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 (Sorry no Zoom link, In-person Only)


In this seminar, Dr. Venditti will discuss the biodegradation of biopolymers in aquatic aerobic conditions, focussing on the biodegradation of a polypropylene-PHB system and show how the biodegradation is impacted by composition and phase separation.  He will also discuss new recycled paper container products that have visually obvious contaminants in order to develop a perception of environmental preference with users of the package, discussing the methodology of incorporating the contaminants effectively in the package and also on how to gauge the public's perception of such a package.


Dr. Richard Venditti’s is the Elis-Signe Olsson Professor of Pulp and Paper Science and Engineering in the Forest Biomaterials Department at NCSU.  He has 26 years of experience in research in the areas of pulp/paper, bioeconomy, recycling, and environmental LCA. His research and teaching is involved in developing effective systems to transform renewable plant based resources into sustainable products. Venditti uses environmental life cycle analysis to guide and analyze research in bioproducts.   

He is currently heading a multi-organization research project to understand the fate of microparticles from laundering in the environment.  He also is the principal investigator of a four year, $2.75 million United States Department of Agriculture program, entitled, Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges of the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry.  Venditti teaches Unit Operations of Pulp and Paper, Process Control, Environmental LCA, and Introduction to the Bioeconomy classes at NC State.

Registration for BPI Seminar by Dr. Venditti