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1 Narayan Ramani Narayan INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

2 Narayan MBI BioMaterials Research Group (Narayan & Staff) Michigan State University Narayan Research Group Graduate & Undergraduates Engineering & Design of PLA polymers for Industrial applications Modified Biodegradable, thermoplastic Starch Esters for molding and paper coatings Thermoplastic Starch-PCL alloys for film applications Family of VOC-free waterborne adhesives that are biodegradable and non-interfering in repulping operations TECHNOLOGY R&D BUSINESS Commercialization CARGILL (Now Cargill-Dow LLC) Contract R&D BIOPLASTICS INC... Start-up Business LIONS ADHESIVES INC... Start-up Business EVERCORN INC. JV company of GRT and Japan Corn Starch Commercialization of agricultural feedstocks based technologies Biodegradable Materials

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5 Narayan Biodegradable Starch Esters

6 Narayan Composting of Biodegradable Starch Esters Composting of Biodegradable Starch Esters

7 Narayan YNTHETIX TM ADVANCED POLYMERS FROM PLANET EARTH HomeAboutNewsProductsPartnerLinksContactSearch About ECOSYNTHETIX WHO WE ARE EcoSynthetix (formerly Lions Adhesives, Inc.) is a polymer supplier that has developed a new technology by building on the strengths of bio-based materials and combining them through chemical synthesis. EcoSynthetix has developed a process for making polymerizable sugars, referred to as "sugar macromer." The sugar macromer is copolymerized with vinyl monomers to produce new sugar-vinyl copolymers. This new technology incorporates repulpability, biodegradability, bio-based content, and low VOC's, while retaining the high performance associated with synthetic polymers. EcoSynthetix is currently scaling up its proprietary sugar macromer and copolymer production technologies with commercial-level production slated for the year OUR VISION was to find a process for inserting sugar molecules into the polymeric molecules that make up adhesives and many other products...resulting in more environmentally friendly polymers.

8 Narayan YNTHETIX TM ADVANCED POLYMERS FROM PLANET EARTH HomeAboutNewsProductsPartnerLinksContactSearch OUR RESULTS : Sugar-Acrylic Copolymer Adhesives A new class of copolymers designed not to interfere in paper recycling operations High solids water borne dispersions Resins meet requirements for label adhesives Wide range of glass transition temperature and chemical functionality High sugar compositions were demonstrated to be biodegradable under composting conditions Unique polymer composition serves as trigger to switch off "sticky" properties in paper recycling This is only one example of a single application of this innovative technology and its ability to meet the needs of ** industry seeking solutions. or contact us ( ) for further information

9 Narayan Design and manufacture bioplastic resin using annually renewable resources -- Nature’s polymers and fibers FOR use in film, molded products, and composites applications Using REACTIVE EXTRUSION PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY polymerization/copolymerization & compounding

10 Narayan STANFORD UNIVERSITY SOWING ENTREPRENEURIAL SEEDS William Hewlett & David Packard trnasformed their thesis to start manufacturing measuring equipment and scientific instruments in Packard’s garage Professor James Clark and six others started Silicon Graphics Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner, husband & wife Stanford staffers founded Cisco Systems -- Number one network gear supplier Jerry Yang & David Filo, electrical engineering graduate students were bored to tears with their Ph.D thesis. They began almost mindlessly making lists of their favorite Web sites. Rather than crack down on the digital goofing, the engineering school cut them slack. They operated out of a grungy campus trailer. Two years later, they were worth $100 million apiece -- Guess which Internet company??? YAHOO.COM

11 Narayan STANFORD UNIVERSITY SOWING ENTREPRENEURIAL SEEDS “It takes more than a great idea/innovation to grow a great business” Engineering School’s Stanford Technology Ventures Program  Three semester sequence designed for seniors and coterminal master’s degree students  Classroom instruction in start-up business basics  a summer co-op experience at a high-tech start-up firm  a “debriefing” course in which students examine their entrepreneurial experiences through presentations and discussion  students Tom Byers;

12 Narayan AN INNOVATION ENGINE FOR LUCENT  A technology that promises the efficient delivery of high quality speech and music over the Internet  An electron beam lithography system, four generations ahead of technology currently used to manufacture computer chips, that can make transistors and integrated circuits with features just 250 atoms wide  Plastic transistors that are far less expensive to make than current silicon transistors and could be used in products such as flexible computer screens and credit card sized smart cards  Experimental “bow-tie” micro-lasers so small that hundreds would fit on the head of a pin and emit highly directional beams of light with more than 1,000 times the power of conventional, disk-shaped micro- lasers. These high-power micro-lasers could increase the speed of voice, video, Internet, and other data transmissions via existing fiber- optic networks or could become the basis of entirely new architecture for local-area networks C&EN November 30, 1998

13 Narayan A SIMPLE PLASTIC TOY MADE MILLIONS!! FOR THE ENTREPREUNER & HELPED FLEDGLING POLYETHYLENE RESIN PRODUCER TO GET ADDITIONAL MARKETS FOR THEIR PE RESIN SIMPLE INNOVATION IS GOLDEN TOO!!!

14 Narayan A SIMPLE PLASTIC TOY MADE MILLIONS!! FOR THE ENTREPREUNER & HELPED FLEDGLING POLYETHYLENE RESIN PRODUCER TO GET ADDITIONAL MARKETS FOR THEIR PE RESIN SIMPLE INNOVATION IS GOLDEN TOO!!! “THE HULA HOOP”

15 Narayan SO Every student in the program ought to start a company NO The trend is toward an entrepreneurial global economy where engineers need to be trained to “innovate” and learn business skills, team work, communication  increase wealth for themselves, their company(their own or other), others (creating new jobs/employment) and their country (growing the economy)

16 Narayan DRIVERS FOR MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY SHIFTS Time Value in Use Natural Ingredients Labor Intensive Attractive Aesthetics Cheap petroleum Ease of manufacture Low labor input Excellent functionality Recyclable Biodegradable Non-polluting Energy efficient Tailored Functionality Renewable resource based Silk Aramids Lycra Vinyl Polyester Nylon Rayon Wool Cotton Feathers Fur ? Traditional Materials Synthetics Environmentally Friendly Products/Processes SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY Paradigm shift


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