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.
Participation of groups that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. The CSP is dedicated to broadening participation of underrepresented groups in the sciences and welcomes applications for the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Underrepresented Groups in the Sciences. read more
Applications due November 15, 2015
Here Cody Beam, a junior from Tulane University, works on an extraction to purify some monomer. Cody and 12 other undergraduate researchers placed at either UMN, Berkeley, or Cornell each spent 10 weeks getting hands on lab experience in the CSP this summer. If you are interested for summer 2016, read more here
The Search for Sustainable Plastics
"Even though people feel like they would like to use less plastic rather than more, the fact of the matter is that plastics are modern materials that make cars lighter, purify water, and add tremendous benefit to health and security applications," says CSP Director Marc Hillmyer in this article from Ensia. read more