Our overarching goal in the Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) is to establish foundational chemical principles that enable the efficient and economical conversion of natural and abundant molecules into tomorrow’s advanced polymers. We approach this challenge through three interwoven and interlinked research thrust areas.
1) Next Generation Feedstocks. CSP researchers will discover new, efficient, non-toxic, and often catalytic chemical transformations of biomass and other natural product-based feedstocks into both new and established polymerizable molecules.
2) Controlled Polymerization Processes. CSP researchers will discover new methods to convert bio-based monomers into sustainable polymers with precisely controlled molecular structures.
3) Hybrid Polymer Structures. CSP researchers will establish crucial relationships between chemical structure, morphology and performance for polymer architectures that incorporate multiple components and exhibit advanced properties important for future products.