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.
2015 CSP Annual Meeting
This meeting was a great opportunity to bring researchers from all four partner institutions together. Many of our students and postdocs were able to meet each other for the first time, and there were plenty of opportunities to discuss CSP science! Thanks to our industrial sponsors, and thank you to all center members for a great meeting! Here grad student Pooja Jambunathan discusses her work with Dr. Kavanagh (3M).
Aliphatic Polyester Block Copolymers
Professors Tolman and Hillmyer sought to design new block copolymers made from feedstocks derived directly from plant biomass that would degrade upon disposal to compounds that could be incorporated into the growth of new organisms. They were successful in their efforts through the use of a particular component derived from menthide, a compound that comes from mint plants. Read more on the CSP Blog
2014 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.