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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 a two-page overview of center activities, click here.


DSCN03102015 CSP Annual Meeting

The 2015 CSP Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 21-22, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. This exciting event brings together all center members from the University of Minnesota, University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, and the Unversity of Waterloo for exciting scientific presentations and discussions.  More Information


Mint smAliphatic 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


IMG_13872014 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. 



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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.