Researchers from the Iowa State University (ISU) were recently awarded a $1 million grant to develop cheaper bioplastic adhesives using vegetable oils. The grant came from the US Department of Agriculture, and the research being supported will work to make glycerine-based products a viable alternative to acrylic adhesives. Glycerine is a co-product of soap, biodiesel, and oleochemical manufacturing. Adhesives created with glycerine would be safer, more sustainable, and potentially less expensive than comparable products that are currently available. The ISU team is focusing on construction adhesives, pressure-sensitive adhesives, and water-based rubber cements, all without volatile organic compounds. Funding for the project will last for three years, and plans include a pilot plant capable of producing 1 ton per day of adhesives. The plant is being constructed in collaboration with Argo Genesis Chemical LLC and will be operational in spring of 2015.