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Center for Chemical Innovation
The Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) integrates sustainability issues that focus on the science and technology of polymeric materials into research, education, and public outreach initiatives. Members of the center concentrate their research efforts on harnessing the renewable, functional, degradable and non-toxic ingredients provided by Nature for tomorrow’s advanced plastics, foams, adhesives, elastomers, coatings and other macromolecular materials. To foster innovation the CSP partners with numerous companies that develop, implement, and advance technologies in the sustainable polymer industry. In addition to the research mission of the CSP, members also foster outreach activities to educate future scientists and the public about the science and technology of sustainability.
2013 Minnesota State Fair
CSP faculty, students, and staff all volunteered at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair in our exhbit "Green Chemistry and Green Engineering: Science for a Sustainable Future." We were there everyday of the fair in the EcoExperience Building and had wonderful opportunities to talk to the public about our research activities.
Bayer Lecture in Sustainability
Even a late April Minnesota blizzard couldn't keep more than 200 people from coming out to hear Proefessor Geoff Coates's lecture, "In Pursuit of the Perfect Plastic", this spring. In his lecture Coates explored the question, "Can we create the perfect plastic from renewable resources that is also environmentally friendly?", and he discussed his own exciting work in the field.
Congratulations to CSP investigator, Professor William Dichtel, for being named the next recipient of the prestigious National Fresenius Award sponsored by Phi Labda Upsilon, the National Chemistry Honor Society.
Stay connected to our community, and check out all of the upcoming Green Chemistry Forum events here!
The CSP Annual Meeting was held April 18, 2013! Click here to see the agenda.
Check out these two exciting lectures coming up at the University of St. Thomas by Dr. Jay Keasling of UC Berkeley!
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Congratulations to CSP Principal Investigator, Chris Macosko, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his research in polymer processing at the International Conference on Advanced Molding Technology and Materials Processing. Professor Macosko has advised over 100 PhD and MS students and published over 400 papers in his tenure at the University of Minnesota.
Chemical and Engineering News reports that during summer 2012 a significant group of small companies made the transition into biobased chemical production. Their story claims that by 2015 "the world will see more than 5 million metric tons per year of biobased chemical production." Read More
BASF, Cargill, and Novozymes announce a new partnership to commercialize a biological route to acrylic acid. Read More
Despite the challenges facing the bio-plastics indsutry, this article from Compounding World illustrates "Why Bioplastics are Here to Stay."
Consumers' concerns about the safety of traditional plastics remain prevalant in the minds of researchers and manufacturers as illustrated in this article.