SANTA CLARITA, USA: BioSolar Inc., a developer of a breakthrough technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources that reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, reported that its innovative BioBacksheet material technology will be presented at 241st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition at Anaheim, California during the week of March 27, 2011.
The paper titled, “Plastic Materials from Bio-based Nylon 11 and Filled Nylon 11,” was co-authored by Dr. David Lee, BioSolar’s President and CEO; Dr. Stanley Levy, the company’s Chief Technology Officer and BioSolar’s Scientific Advisor Dr. Charles Carraher Jr., a renowned scientist in the field of chemistry and materials.
Dr. Lee commented: “We are honored to have Dr. Carraher represent BioSolar at this prestigious ACS Meeting. Dr. Carraher’s unmatched scientific knowledge and leadership in the field of bio-based polymer materials have been the foundation for BioSolar’s recent success in the commercialization of the world’s first bio-based photovoltaic backsheet.”
Dr. Carraher is currently Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Associate Director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies. Dr. Carraher was previously Dean of the College of Science at FAU, Chair of the Science Division at the University of South Dakota, and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Wright State University.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemists, selected as part of the inaugural class of Fellows for the ACS-PMSE and ACS-PC, and given the Florida Award in 1992, awarded to recognize outstanding chemists in the southeast region of the US and recognized as a fellow in the American Chemical Society in 2010.
Dr. Carraher's research has led to the creation of over 70 new families of polymers as well as new methods for their synthesis and characterization. His primary areas of research related to the BioSolar business include high strength materials, modification of biomaterials, use of natural materials as structural and coatings materials, geo-membranes, identification of materials, synthesis and characterization of biomedical and bioactive materials, conductive and semiconductive polymers, thermally stable materials and high temperature superconductors. He is the inventor and holder of a number of basic patents including the initial chemical synthesis of nucleic acids.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Carraher has published over 60 books and 1,000 articles, chaired numerous national and international committees, served as science advisor to Senator McGovern, and helped shape the American education system from K-12 to post-graduate education in the field of polymer chemistry and materials. Dr. Carraher holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
BioSolar recently announced that BioBacksheet, the company’s first commercial product, obtained UL material certification, which is a required step before commercial solar panels using BioBacksheet can be submitted for panel certification or recertification under UL 1703.