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. For a two-page overview of center activities, click here.

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2014 Summer Research Students 2015 Summer Research Program Application Available

This summer the CSP is hosting up to 15 students in our summer research program.  Students can choose to be placed at any of the three CSP sites.  The application is due February 1, 2015 and more information is available on our summer research program page.

 

 

IMG_13872014 Education Minnesota Teacher’s Conference

This fall, the Education Minnesota Teacher’s conference was held at Saint Paul River Centre. CSP faculty and representatives from Beyond Benign presented and shared some K-12 curricular resources, as well as hands-on activities that demonstrated how green chemistry topics could be taught in the K-12 classroom. In this photo, Dr Jane Wissinger demonstrates to the group. 

 

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2014 CSP Annual Meeting
The 2014 CSP Annual Meeting brought together CSP researchers and representatives from 26 companies for engaging discussions about the latest research happening in the center. New this year was a company poster session that allowed CSP Company Affiliates the opportunity to showcase their work in sustainable polymers. In this photo, Dr. Michael Wang (left) talks about his work in sustainability at BASF.

 

2George Huber014 Bayer Lecture in Sustainability
The 2014 Bayer Lecture in Sustainability was given by Professor George Huber from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Nearly 300 alums, undergraduates, industry representatives, and members of the public came to hear his lecture, "Renewable Plastics: Step One in Breaking our Oil Addiction."

 

 


 

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This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Center for Sustainable Polymers CHE-1413862. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.