Designing new materials from wheat protein.

  title={Designing new materials from wheat protein.},
  author={Dara L Woerdeman and Wim S. Veraverbeke and Richard S. Parnas and Dave Johnson and Jan A Delcour and I. Verpoest and Christopher J. G. Plummer},
  volume={5 4},
We recently discovered that wheat gluten could be formed into a tough, plasticlike substance when thiol-terminated, star-branched molecules are incorporated directly into the protein structure. This discovery offers the exciting possibility of developing biodegradable high-performance engineering plastics and composites from renewable resources that are competitive with their synthetic counterparts. Wheat gluten powder is available at a cost of less than dollars 0.5/lb, so if processing costs… CONTINUE READING