Kansas Polymer Research Center to receive $1.3 million for research, jobs
March 12, 2009 10:00AM
Steve Robb, executive director of the Business and Technology Institute at PSU and the
“We see this money as a real investment, because it allows us to continue our contributions to the science of bio-based polyols,” Robb explained. “Our research is helping the
Scientists at the KPRC are changing the foam and plastics in products we use everyday by including “greener” materials such as soybean and other vegetable oils – natural products grown and harvested in
After the funds are allocated through the USDA, the KPRC will submit a research proposal identifying the work they plan to do. The money should start to flow to the center by September. Last year, the KPRC was awarded $1.1 million through the 2008 omnibus bill. In each case, the money is disbursed over a three-year period.
Robb said the center plans to hire additional scientists with the funding, as well as extend current research.
“This money is extremely important to us,” said Dr. Ivan Javni, one of the center’s scientists responsible for its receipt of the 2007 Presidential Green Award. The center was one of only five organizations in the country to win that prestigious honor. “It gives us long-term stability and extends our research into new areas that so far have been out of our reach.”
For more information, contact Steve Robb at 620-235-4925.