I attended the 22nd annual meeting of the Bio-Environmental Polymer Society (BEPS), which was held in Kansas City, MO on October 14-17, 2014. This conference mostly focused on renewable and sustainable polymers, degradable polymers, bio-based and degradable composites and environmental impact, designing of sustainable polymers, biofuels and bioproducts.
At the conference, I presented a poster titled, “Impact of Organo-modified Montmorillonite on the Biodegradation of Poly(lactic acid) Nanocomposites”, which showed part of my research studies focusing on the biodegradation of poly(lactic acid) – montmorillonite clay nanocomposites and the effects of these bionanocomposites when disposed in the environment with biodegradation as their intended end-of-life.
Attending to the meeting allowed me not only to share the work that has been done in MSU within a community of experts in the field, but also to learn from the experiences and knowledge shared by them that is relevant for my research. Additionally, idea exchange with other people from the community helped me create professional networking for my future academic career.