CSP Annual Meeting 2023

April 20 Main Session

The CSP Annual Meeting is a day-long event for CSP researchers, Industrial Advisory Board representatives, External Advisory Board representatives, and other outside industry members that features scientific talks and a poster session to highlight the most recent research in the center.  In addition, the center uses this opportunity to bring all center members together to have important research discussions, offer professional development activities, and to meet with the Industrial Advisory Board and External Advisory Board.

8:30 AM
Registration opens
Breakfast and Coffee available

9:00 AM
Welcome + CSP Highlights
Prof. Marc Hillmyer

9:20 AM
Holistic design of sustainable polymers
Ava Dahnke & Dr. Miaohan Tang (Dunn Group) & Sarah Ziemann (Xiong Group)

9:40 AM
Advances in polyoxazolidinone synthesis and characterization
Prof. Jessica Lamb

10:00 AM
Poster Presentation Poptalks (3 min each)

  • Tough, thermally resilient poly(L-lactide) block polymer plastics – Daniel Krajovic
  • Preparation and Characterization of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) in Amorphous Grade Polylactic Acid (PLA) – Aanesa Watson
  • Preparation and Characterization of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) and Semicrystalline Polylactic Acid (PLA) Nanocomposites – Zakiya Barnes
  • Functionalization of Cellulose Nanocrystals using Dynamic Hindered Urea under Melt Conditions – Dr. Zehra Oluz
  • Incorporating dynamic bonds for recyclable melamine-based materials – Ian Pierce


10:40 AM
Teens as teachers and change agents: 4-H outreach engages young people to address plastics issues and environmental sustainability
Anne Stevenson, Extension Educator and Extension Professor

11:00 AM
High-Temperature Chemistry of Polypropylene Recycling
Nathan Sidhu (Dauenhauer Group)

11:20 AM
Mechanical recycling of thermosets from 3D printing waste
Erin Maines (Ellison & Reineke Groups)

11:40 AM
Poster Presentation Poptalks (3 min each)

  • Employing Transition Metal Catalysis for the Synthesis of Tunable Polyesters – Janaya Sachs & Ryan Anderson
  • Sulfurous Zeosils for Dehydra-Decyclization of Tetrahydrofuran to Renewable Butadiene – Dr. Raisa C. A. Ela
  • Synthesis of Biorenewable Thermoplastic Elastomers Through In Situ Mechanistic Switching – Dr. Daniel Loya
  • Nanoscale abrasive wear of polyethylene: implications for end-of-life fate – Ehsanur Rahman
  • Chemically Recyclable Polyethylenes from Stoichiometrically Balanced Telechelic Polyethylenes – Yoon-Jung Jang

Poster Session + Lunch – Weisman Art Museum

Lunch Buffet Opens

Poster Session Opens

Afternoon Session – Campus Club, Coffman Union

2:40 PM
Development of biomass microbeads to replace plastics in personal care and consumer products
Prof. Michelle Calabrese

3:00 PM
Economically viable approach to recycling PE and iPP through blending
Prof. Frank Bates

3:20 PM
Quantifying the Effects of Molecular Weight Distribution of Polyethylene Properties
Jenny Hu (Fors Group)

Break + Group Picture

4:00 PM
Renewable Sources to Sustainable Polymers: Two Stories with Butadiene
Prof. Bess Vlaisavljevich

4:20 PM
Upcycling with dynamic bonds
Prof. Julia Kalow

4:40 PM
Closing Comments
Prof. Marc Hillmyer

Dinner reception at FlannelJax’s in St. Paul

  • Please wear closed-toe shoes
  • Sign the waiver here
  • Charter bus transportation available roundtrip from The Graduate Hotel for all
    • Depart at 6:00 PM | Return at 8:45 PM
    • Look for John Beumer



Campus Club | 4th Floor
300 Washington Avenue Southeast Coffman Memorial Union, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Weisman Art Museum | Main Level
333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455

755 Prior Ave N suite 102, St Paul, MN 55104


Weisman Art Museum
333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Washington Avenue Parking Ramp
501 SE Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55455

East River Road Garage
385 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455