Developing octenyl succinic maltodextrins as replacements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in molded fiber bowls

In this Mitacs proposal, the Carbohydrate Chemistry and Utilization Program at the University of Saskatchewan (Usask) aims to collaborate with a leading producer of compostable molded fiber bowls ? SustainaPulp Canada Inc. ? to develop replacements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in their products. The alternatives will be prepared from maltodextrins, a common food ingredient that is generated from starch. The maltodextrin-based replacements will be produced at the Usask, and their performance in molded fiber bowls will be assessed by the partner organization. It is the goal of the research team to develop safe, bio-degradable and sustainable materials that can be used in molded fiber bowls for serving hot, wet, greasy and healthy foods to consumers.

Faculty Supervisor:

Yongfeng Ai


Dongxing Li


SustainaPulp Canada Inc


Food science


Pulp and paper


University of Saskatchewan



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