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  1. Rubber Industry's Auto Suppliers Find Inspiration in Unlikely Places

    Oct 1, 2019

    Sometime in the mid-1990s, when Katrina Cornish was living in California and working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she saw a load of freshly picked tomatoes in a hopper being transported from a farm on the back of a truck.  Cornish, who has a doctorate in plant biology from the University of Birmingham in England, didn't view that load of tomatoes as most people would.

  2. Natural Rubber Biosecurity and Biodiversification

    Jul 29, 2019

    Natural rubber is an extremely important, agricultural resource vital to all modern economies. It is curiously underappreciated because many people assume that all rubber is synthetic. However, the total rubber market is about 45 % natural rubber because synthetic rubber, which is made from fossil reserves, cannot replace natural rubber in many applications.  Click here to read more.

  3. Katrina Cornish receives BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Lifetime Achievement Award

    Jun 19, 2019

    Katrina Cornish, an Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), recently received the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Lifetime Achievement Award for scientific excellence and impact in the field.  Click here to read more!

  4. Hat trick: Katrina Cornish receives 3 Innovator of the Year Awards

    Jun 19, 2019

    Institute for Materials Research faculty member Katrina Cornish received in quick succession three accolades for her impact in innovative research at The Ohio State University.  Cornish, an Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), received three Innovator of the Year awards between late April and mid May.  Click here to read more.

  5. Katrina Cornish: 2019 CFAES Innovator of the Year Award Winner (Video)

    May 23, 2019

    The winner of the 2018 CFAES Innovator of the Year Award is Professor Katrina Cornish. Dr. Cornish has a joint appointment with Horticulture and Crop Science, and the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.  Watch the video now!

  6. Parker Evans wins 3MT Challenge at Materials Week

    May 20, 2019

    Top prize this year went to Parker Evans, a doctoral candidate in Translational Plant Sciences and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). He presented “Translating between Electronic and Ionic Systems,“ in which he summarized his research adapting electronic control strategies that communicate in utilized electrons to biological processes that are primarily ionic in nature. Click here to read more and watch his presentation!

  7. Dr. Katrina Cornish named IMR Innovator of the Year

    May 20, 2019

    Dr. Cornish did it again!!  She was awarded her THIRD Innovator of the Year Award within the last month at the recent IMR Materials Week conference.  Congratulations!!

  8. Dr. Katrina Cornish named OSU Innovator of the Year

    May 17, 2019

    As OSU expands its role in the commercialization of research, it is important to reward research creativity and entrepreneurship. Several university-wide awards were presented on April 24th, at the Research and Innovation Showcase hosted by the Office of Research and Corporate Engagement Office. Please click here to read about Dr. Cornish's recognition.

  9. Earth911 Podcast: Dr. Katrina Cornish on the Future of Rubber Production

    May 7, 2019

    Dr. Katrina Cornish developed a genetically engineered dandelion to produce natural latex — which is primarily imported from Southeast Asia — in vertical indoor farms in the U.S. As the scientific adviser to American Sustainable Rubber Company, Dr. Cornish is working to commercialize T.K. Dandelion rubber for the sporting goods, medical supplies, and tire industries.

  10. A Rubber Producing Dandelion May Mean a Solution to Deforestation Problems in Asia

    May 1, 2019

    Approximately 13 million tons are collected every year from tapping 39 billion liters of latex (by hand!) from rubber trees, mostly in southeast Asia - enough to fill over 5,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools. What if something went wrong with that supply?  Click here to read about Dr. Cornish's solution.

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