Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Scientists at Pittsburg State University are getting $2 million in federal money to conduct groundbreaking research of algae.
The money will be distributed to the university's Kansas Polymer Research Center over three years beginning in September.
Pittsburg State says researchers will try to find better ways to create polymers from oil produced by algae.
The polymers can be used to create environmentally friendly products such as floor tiles or foam seats for chairs.
The university says the Kansas Polymer Research Center already has received national attention for its work converting bio-based materials, such as vegetable and soybean oil, into products made and distributed by industry partners.