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Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Storyteller and multi-insrumentalist Dom Flemons

Richard Sleigh and Jerry Zolten

Richard Sleigh and Jerry Zolten

Richard Sleigh and Jerry Zolten

Steve Sherrill

Steve Sherrill

Steve Sherrill

Jerry Zolten

Jerry Zolten to present at symposium focusing on black gospel music

Zolten will present "Straining at a Gnat and Swallowing a Camel: Black Folk Preachers, Life Teachers, and Equality Seekers."
crab shells

barrier coating -- 004

The material is comprised of cellulose pulp from wood or cotton, and chitosan, derived from chitin, the primary ingredient in the exoskeletons of arthropods and crustaceans. The main source of chitin is shells from lobsters, crabs and shrimp.

lab vials

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The amazingly sturdy and durable bond between carboxymethyl cellulose and chitosan is the key. The two very inexpensive polysaccharides, already used in the food industry and in other industrial sectors, have different molecular charges and lock together in a complex that provides the foundation for impervious films, coatings, adhesives and more.

paperboard

barrier coating -- 002

In the research, paperboard coated with the biomaterial exhibited strong oil and water barrier properties. The coating also resisted toluene, heptane and salt solutions and exhibited improved wet and dry mechanical and water vapor barrier properties.

Jeff Catchmark

barrier coating -- 001

Jeff Catchmark began experimenting with biomaterials that might be used instead of plastics a decade or so ago out of concerns for sustainability. He became interested in cellulose because it is the largest volume sustainable, renewable material on earth.

Jeff Catchmark

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution

An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.

Penn State Altoona Faculty Senate Statement on DACA

The faculty senate issues a statement supporting DACA beneficiaries at Penn State and elsewhere.

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