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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 more about the CSP activities, read our CSP Overview.


Article published by CSP researchers in Science!

Collaborative CSP research by Coates, LaPointe, Bates, and Macosko groups has been published in Science.

Read more in the Science publication, "Combining polyethylene and polypropylene: Enhanced performance with PE/iPP multiblock polymers"



chemcatchemArticle published by CSP researchers on the cover of ChemCatChem!

CSP Researchers including Charlie Spanjers, Kechun Zhang, Debbie Schneiderman, Paul Dauenhauer, and Marc Hillmyer published a new paper, "Branched Diol Monomers from the Sequential Hydrogenation of Renewable Carboxylic Acids". Read the full article here!





Polymer Chemistry coverCSP research featured on cover of Polymer Chemistry!

CSP research from the Reineke group titled, "Sustainable glucose-based block copolymers exhibit elastomeric and adhesive behavior," is featured on the cover of Polymer Chemistry. Check it out!





KSTP coverage of CSP ResearchKSTP news covers Hillmyer group research on compostable plastics!

KSTP 5 Eyewitness News interviewed the Hillmyer group on their research innovations in biodegradable plastics for making plastic shopping bags environmentally friendly. Check out the video here!











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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.