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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 printable overview.




Student-initiated collaborative research effort published in ACS MacroLetters

Research by the Bates, Macosko and Hillmyer groups on recyclable, sugar-derived foams was published in ACS MacroLetters. Read the ACS Press Release and the original publication, "Chemically Recyclable Biobased Polyurethanes."


Zhang labZhang Group Published in Nature Chemical Biology

CSP Researchers, led by Kechun Zhang, have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed. Read the full story from the UMN College of Science and Engineering.  



ScienceCSP work from the Dichtel group featured in Science News

Read the article in Science News here.



CSP SISCA WinnersCSP researchers earn challenge grand prize for work on recyclable foams

A team of students from the Center for Sustainable Polymers is the grand prize winner in the $10,000 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA). Read more.





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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.