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The use and development of materials from renewable sources is not a new concept. As the complexity of human requirements increased, so did the materials, and by the 19th century durable materials were being prepared from renewable resources such as vulcanized rubber and starch. However, the widespread use of these bioderived materials diminished in the 20th century with the development and utilization of fossil resources leading to the polymer renaissance. Recently, issues surrounding the non-sustainable nature of these materials and negative environmental impacts associated with their petroleum sources as well as their indiscriminate disposal has led to a resurgence in sustainable polymer efforts from renewable resource, green chemistry, recyclability, and (bio)degradation perspectives.
This workshop will bring together researchers from academia, industry, and government labs to discuss the newest sustainable polymer ideas and concepts.
University of Minnesota
McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair
Director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers
Thomas Epps, III
University of Delaware
Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Senior Career Development Chair
Director, Center for Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics (CMET)
Joint Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
University of Houston
Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering