1. Turning Food Waste into Tires

    May 19, 2017

    Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century.  Click here to learn how!

  2. Researchers are Using Tomato Peels and Eggshells to Make Tires

    May 18, 2017

    Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste, specifically tomato peels and eggshells, makes excellent filler for rubber tires, with tests showing they exceed industrial standards for performance. Filler is combined with rubber to make the rubber composite used in tires. Food waste could partially replace carbon black, the petroleum-based filler long used in tire manufacturing, which has become increasingly hard to come by.  Click here to read more.

  3. Guayule rubber made from tomato peels and eggshells

    Driving on Eggshells: Ohio State Researchers Recycle Food Scraps For Tires

    May 18, 2017

    Katrina Cornish is a professor in Ohio State's College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences who studies rubber biosynthesis and production. She and a team of researchers have found finely-ground egg shells and tomato peels are an adequate replacement for carbon black.  Click here to learn more.

  4. Trash-to-Tires Made from Tomato Peels (Podcast)

    May 17, 2017

    Food waste from tomato peels and eggshells could be turned into tires. Dr. Katrina Cornish is biomaterials researcher with the Ohio State University, who’s made the discovery. Listen to the podcast here!

  5. Cornish Joins Panel Charged with Steering Course of Biofuels R&D

    May 17, 2017

    Katrina Cornish, an internationally recognized authority on alternative natural rubber biosynthesis and production, has been appointed to an independent panel responsible for advising the federal Biomass Research and Development Initiative.  Click here to read more.

  6. CFAES Faculty Profile: Katrina Cornish (Video)

    May 17, 2017

    Katrina Cornish is an Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Her laboratory works in research and commercialization of alternative sources of natural rubber and other bioproducts.





  7. New Hypoallergenic Latex Creates Business Opportunity (Video)

    Jan 14, 2015

    Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center researchers have developed new materials that will allow medical professionals to have the natural latex gloves they prefer, while avoiding the risk of allergic reactions. The patent-pending materials include a latex film made from guayule that is safe for both Type I and Type IV latex allergy sufferers, and a traditional Hevea rubber tree latex film that is Type IV-hypoallergenic.


  8. Analysis of Natural Rubber Latex Films

    Nov 1, 2014

    There are at least 40,000 commercial products made from natural rubber. The primary source of commercially available natural rubber latex is from the Brazilian rubber tree. Click here to read more.

  9. Natural Rubber from Dandelions (Video)

    May 16, 2014

    Katrina Cornish, Ohio research scholar and endowed chair in Bio-Based Emergent Materials in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University, talks about the importance of natural rubber and how a specific type of dandelion is being used as a source.



  10. Bio Fuel & Materials (Video)

    Jan 21, 2013

    Speaker: Dr. Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar, The Ohio State University - Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center (OARDC).