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Research and Development

Core Competencies

Kansas Polymer Research Center provides advanced technology and unique technical services in chemistry and material science. Our scientists have the technical capabilities to support clients from ideation to planning and implementation. KPRC can provide a full range of research & development, partnerships, and testing services.

Core competencies

Areas of Reseach and Interest

Although the KPRC is among the world leaders in vegetable-oil based polymers, our scientists also have experience in the following related areas and are constantly seeking partnerships with industries and agencies with similar interests.

  • Adhesives
  • Bioplastics
  • Coatings
  • Composites
  • Elastomers & gels
  • Foams
  • Pre-polymers
  • Polymeric oils
  • Electroactive polymers
  • Solvents


We use the renowned base properties of polyurethanes and tailor them over a wide range for many challenging applications.

Bio-based materials

KPRC develops polymers from a broad range of biological sources to offer commercially viable options for materials produced from renewable resources.


Polymer foams are widely used in a variety of applications due to their lightweight, resistance to impact, thermal insulation, and damping properties and the KPRC continues to expand the boundaries on performance, renewable content, and economic viability throughout this critical industry.

Electroactive materials

Electroactive polymers (EAP) are smart materials. Their incredible response to an electrical field is a perfect complement to our competencies in research and development of materials. For demanding applications in energy generation, storage, and transport the opportunities in the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as many others, are virtually limitless.

Testing Services

KPRC researchers are fully equipped to offer a wide range of tests including chemical composition, formulation, routine testing, non-routine analysis, failure analysis, physical properties as well as many other tests. In addition, supporting research capabilities are also provided by the Pittsburg State University Departments of Plastics Engineering Technology and Chemistry.

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Research and development

Developing rapid, safe and cost effective chemical processes to modify bio-based polymers and feed stock materials such as vegetable oils, proteins, starches, cellulose, lignin, etc. for controlled and enhanced reactivity.

Synthesizing and developing new bio-based polymers, plastics and elastomers with novel properties.

Developing applications of bio-based materials and plastics for blends, nanocomposites, foams, moldings, films, coatings, adhesive, etc.

Designing and characterizing structure and properties of bio-based materials and developing new analytical techniques for multi-component biomaterials.

Improving the thermo-mechanical and elastic properties of bio-based polymers and elastomers to the level comparable to or better than conventional petroleum-based polymers.

Kansas Polymer Research Center, 1204 Research Road, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: (620) 235-6120