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.
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 the full article here.
2015 CSP Annual Meeting
This meeting was a great opportunity to bring researchers from all four partner institutions together. Many of our students and postdocs were able to meet each other for the first time, and there were plenty of opportunities to discuss CSP science! Thanks to our industrial sponsors, and thank you to all center members for a great meeting! Here grad student Pooja Jambunathan discusses her work with Dr. Kavanagh (3M).
Aliphatic 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.