N.C. A&T Startup's Bioadhesive from Manure Paves Way for Cleantech Roads

Posted on 5/2/2013 3:39:38 PM By ASC

A civil engineering student at North Carolina A&T University, Daniel Oldham, has worked with colleagues to develop a procedure converting manure into bioadhesive. Adhesives from natural products are attractive and practical options when made from items that would otherwise be waste. Hog waste is used as fertilizer, but hog farms produce too much waste for that application and the excess goes into storage lagoons. Now, after two years of research, it only takes about 20 minutes to convert manure into an adhesive. The technique is being used to produce liquid asphalt, but may prove useful in producing an inexpensive, renewable bioadhesive for bookbinding, construction, roofing, sealing, and carpeting.