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.
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.
Prepare to Inspire
41 high school students and 17 undergraduate mentors visited the CSP this fall as part of the Prepare2Nspire program organized by the STEM Education Center. CSP graduate student Angelika Neitzel (left) works with students to degrade PLA plastic into lactic acid. Students then compared the effectiveness of the lactic acid as a cleaning agent to other products, including commercially available green cleaners.
2014 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."