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.
Zhang 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. The groundbreaking study, titled "Engineering nonphosphorylative metabolism to generate lignocellulose-derived products" was published today in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. Read the full story from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.
CSP work from the Dichtel group featured in Science News
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CSP 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.