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WHYY: A UD green chemist turns chicken feathers, soybeans into renewable building material

Soybeans used to make tractor parts?  Vegan leather made out of chicken feathers?  If that sounds impossible, wait until Dr. Richard Wool tells you about the other amazing renewable materials he and his students are creating at his University of Delaware lab. Wool, a chemical engineer with a lilting accent from his Irish homeland, is on a mission to devise manufacturing materials without the negative environmental impact of plastics. He manipulates the molecular structure of renewable, biodegradable raw materials like plant fibers, into materials that can be used in a wide variety of everyday items.