Professor Tadahisa Iwata and assistant professor Daisuke Ishii, both from the University of Tokyo, and their research team have come up with a technology for making higher-quality bioplastic materials. Some of the resulting bioplastics made using coffee grounds and rice bran exhibited heat resistance levels up to almost 300 degrees centigrade, while some turned into a liquid crystal at high temperatures, making them ideal to process and shape into form. The team hopes to develop a mass-production version of the process in the next 10 years and use the bioplastics in machinery and electronics.

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