Congratulations to CSP alumnus Dr. Alsbaiee, who was named in BASF’s current Smart Scientists series. Alsbaiee was a postdoc for the Dichtel group from 2014-2016 and developed their water purification work.
Today, as a Senior Scientist at BASF, Dr. Alsbaiee is leading a collaboration to scale up CSP-related polyurethane recycling to the industrial scale. Alsbaiee says, “we see huge value in upcycling technologies for polyurethanes and in developing polyurethane systems containing biobased ingredients, not only due to the positive environmental impact, but also for the economic opportunities they offer. More and more industries are looking for sustainable alternatives including furniture and automotive manufacturers. There is an increasing interest in how to break down the waste efficiently to extend the product lifecycle and a growing number of our customers are asking for sustainable polyurethanes with bioderived ingredients.”
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