Design and Commercialization of High Value Functional Products from Soybean Meal
BiobasedCommercializationIndustrial UsesProcessing co-productsProcessing technology
Parent Project:
This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Gupta Suroiit, University of North Dakota
Co-Principal Investigators:
Project Code:
NDSC 2023 New Use 2
Contributing Organization (Checkoff):
Institution Funded:
Brief Project Summary:
This project will address the new use research priorities of soybean meal and potential commercialization in the plastic and solid lubricant market. An integral component of this research, we are proposing a design paradigm that will beneficially use soybean meal for manufacturing high-performance bioplastic materials with high valuation in high growth market areas. It is also proposed that the design will effectively use residual oil in the soybean meal matrix for lubrication applications, which will open a potential avenue of synergistic usage of soybean meal and oil for rapid commercialization.
Key Beneficiaries:
#engineers, #farmers, #scientists
Unique Keywords:
#bioplastic, #industrial use – meal, #lubricants, #plastics, #soybean oil
Information And Results
Project Summary

This proposal will address the “New Use Research Priorities” of, (a) Soybean Meal (SM) Use
and (b) Potential Commercialization. As integral component of this research, we are proposing a
hypothesis driven design paradigm which beneficially use SM for manufacturing high
performance materials with high valuation in high growth market areas. It is also proposed that the
design will effectively use residual oil in SM-matrix for lubrication applications which will open
potential avenue of synergistic usage of SM and Soybean oil for rapid commercialization.

Project Objectives

The specific
objectives of this proposed research project are:
Objective 1: To create novel pathways of creating SM-based feedstock;
Objective 2: To create transformative methods for manufacturing novel sustainable composites by
using SM;
Objective 3: To understand the mechanical, tribology, and durability of the composites by
experimental studies.
Objective 4: To formulate strategy for commercializing the materials developed during work in

Project Deliverables

Please check the outlined tasks in the proposal. Based on that, the deliverables are as follows:
1. Customized SB-based particulates will be manufactured and characterized (Anticipated Results and Deliverable (ATD) from Tasks 1-2).
2. Novel composites will be designed with engineered microstructures (Task 3).
3. Detailed analysis of microstructure and mechanical behavior of these composites will be
performed (ATD from Task 4).
4. Solid-lubrication and surface behavior of these composites will be documented (Task 5).
5. All the results will be documented in reports/papers with emphasis on planning for
commercialization of technologies developed during study. In addition, papers in scientific
journals will be published for the dissemination of results obtained during this project (Task 5).

Progress Of Work
Final Project Results

Benefit To Soybean Farmers

The proposal strives to perform high quality focused research in designing functional materials
from SM which will be target plastic and solid lubricant market. Currently, bioplastic market is
valued at $5.8 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $16.8 billion in 2030. Some of the targeted
areas are packaging, consumer durables and textiles [11]. The global lubricant market is valued at
USD 125.81 billion in 2020 and can grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7% from
2021 to 2028 [12]. The design of lubricant from SB-based composites is a unique idea as the
lubricant will be sustainable and environmentally friendly. These materials will have potential
applications in automobile and agricultural-based product sectors (embedded references are listed in the proposal).

The United Soybean Research Retention policy will display final reports with the project once completed but working files will be purged after three years. And financial information after seven years. All pertinent information is in the final report or if you want more information, please contact the project lead at your state soybean organization or principal investigator listed on the project.