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Nov 14, 2012 | 09:21 PM

A taste of sugar

Tags  Oregon State University, Kaichang Li, Jian Huang, metal foundry, Jo Isenberg-O’Loughlin

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Oregon State University professor Kaichang Li is no stranger to “green” chemistry and pioneering eco-innovations geared to reduce waste and toxins in manufacturing processes.

Not that long ago, a natural resin made from soy flour--and developed in Li’s OSU laboratory--was put into commercial use where it replaces formaldehyde-based adhesives in the manufacture of some wood products.

More recently, Li, working with faculty research assistant Jian Huang, shifted his focus to metal and, with some help from a faulty lab oven, devised a low-cost, renewable, environmentally benign binder system for metal casters based on a compound so common you find it on kitchen tables across the country. For a closer look at Professor Li’s latest eco-innovation, see full story here.

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Jo Isenberg

Jo Isenberg is executive editor of AMM. She has been covering the steel industry for over 30 years and has served as editor of AMM for the last 11 years – the most successful decade in the publication’s long history.