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- The Center for Sustainable Polymers is actively seeking applications to its 2013 Summer Research Experience. This is a 10-week intensive research opportunity open to non-University of Minnesota undergraduates. Applications due February 15, 2013! Apply Now!
- Authors Harting and Fahy discuss the importance and challenges of the communication of chemistry to the wider public in this interesting article.
- Congratulations to CSP Principal Investigator Geoff Coates,Tisch University Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (USA), who has been named as the recipient of the DSM Performance Materials Award 2012 in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the advancement of the materials sciences. Professor Coates is also the recipient of the 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
- The Center for Sustainable Polymers was featured June 7, 2012 in the online publication Blue & Green Tomorrow. Read More
- All types of industries continue to replace petroleum as a feed stock for their products. See this article printed in the Star Tribune on June 5, 2012 for more information.
- Five major US brands agree to collaborate on the implementation of plant-based PET. Read More
- CSP Principal Investigators Hoye and Macosko will participate in the first international symposium for polymer ecomaterials in Changchun, China in August 2012. See here for more infromation on this exciting conference.
- Obama administration announces broad plan for national bio-economy. Read the full report here.
- CSP held its 3rd annual meeting on April 20, 2012. Center faculty, grad students, postdocs, representatives from CSP company affiliates, and other U of MN faculty and staff attended the meeting to present research and share ideas for collaboration. This was the largest annual meeting to date; more than 80 people attended the day-long symposium and poster session. Read More
- Plastic Disclosure Project works to decrease the use of plastics by
asking the world's businesses to measure, manage, reduce, and benefit from plastic waste. Read More
- University Relations Science Reporter Deane Morrison has written a feature on Michelle Driessen's efforts to transform general chemistry labs, and
Jane Wissinger's efforts to "green" organic chemistry labs at the University of Minnesota. Read More
- Susan Freinkel explores the impact of plastic packaging on food in a recent Washington Post article. Read More
- The Center for Sustainable Polymers was awarded the third largest National Science Foundation grant in Minnesota during 2011. Read the full article here.
- Watch this CBS video investigating the growing amount of plastic waste in the ocean. CSP's compostable plastic development offers an alternative to the plastic soup.
- Read the BioBusiness Alliance's Minnesota Roadmap: Recommendations for BioIndustrial Processing. The report details the factors influencing the development of biobased chemicals industry and identifies opportunity areas for Minnesota.
- Compostable plastics are key to implementing many composting programs. Read the C&EN story "Old Plastics, Fresh Dirt."
- When will petroleum-based, indestructible plastics finally degrade? Hillmyer answers that question on the BBC's Naked Scientist podcast.
- Hillmyer discussed Minnesota's cluster of green chemistry start-ups in a Pioneer Press article.
- CSP will provide up to 6 undergraduate research opportunities to undergraduate students during the summer of 2012. Applications are due by 5:00pm on February 17th, 2012.
- The common automobile tire contains rubber from latex-bearing trees and rubber synthesized from petroleum. Industrial biotechnology companies such as Genencor, Gevo, Amyris, and Genomatica want to give tire manufacturers a third option: biobased rubber ingredients made from sugar.
- "Global demand for biodegradable and bio-based plastics will more than triple to over one million metric tons in 2015." The Freedonia Group is a leading international business research company. Our industry analysis provides an unbiased outlook and a reliable assessment of an industry.
- A report from AURI: “Biobased Products - Minnesota's Opportunity and Challenges,” discusses the market challenges of overcoming petroleum dominance with renewable materials. Read more on page 29.
- CSP received a major grant of $1.5 million over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for environment-friendly plastics research. "We are tremendously excited about this new support from the NSF," said Marc Hillmyer, director of CSP. "With our strong history in polymer science and seed funding from the University of Minnesota, we have been able to establish a national presence in the sustainable polymer arena." Read more.
- Thinking about the implications before we formulate new materials can prevent a plethora of human and environmental ills. Read the article by Elizabeth Grossman.
- Register for the Minnesota Green Chemistry Conference 2012: Strategies for Growth. With keynote Pat Gruber
- Novomer, a company founded by CSP's Prof. Coates, is featured in this article about new (and sustainable) polymers coming on the market.
- Marc Hillmyer is also a resident fellow of the Institute on the Environment. He is featured in the fall issue of Momentum. Read the story.
- CSP Director Marc Hillmyer participated in a white paper from the Chemical Science and Society Summit: “A Sustainable Global Society.”
- Green chemistry has the potential to increase job opportunities across sectors. Read more in “The Economic Benefits of a Green Chemical Industry in the United States.”.
- CNN featured CSP Director Marc Hillmyer in an article on "Pitching plastic for good."
- Susan Freinkel notes in a New York Times op-ed that materials, including plastic, are neither good nor bad for the environment. What matters is how responsibly we use them.
- Join the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute at a free conference, “Biobased Products: A Focus on BioPlastics”, on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. Learn about AURI’s latest report, “Biobased Products: A Focus on Bioplastics Minnesota’s Opportunity & Challenge.” "Register now."
- Spring's here, but we are already thinking of summer, and the State Fair! CSP will be back at the EcoExperience this year showing Minnesotans how we are making plastics sustainable. Click here to see this year's EcoExperience flyer.
- CSP Director Marc Hillmyer has been named a 2010 recipient of the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. Read more here.
- Professor Tolman is featured in a video by Minnesota 2020 highlighting the green chemistry research happening in Minnesota.
- The Center for Sustainable Polymers is a co-sponsor of a conference on "Adding Value Through Green Chemistry". Join us for a discussion that highlight prospects in green chemistry for businesses, and to discuss supportive policies that will help foster investment and research. For more information click here.
- The Center for Sustainable Polymers is featured on the jumbo screen in a University of Minnesota Academic Moment segment during the Golden Gopher's home game against the Northern Illinois Huskies. See the video here.
- Director Marc Hillmyer recently spoke for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (video here) and the Insitute on the Environment (video here).