CSP Annual Meeting 2024 – April 25

April 25 Main Session

This will be a celebration of the CSP’s 13 years of progress since being awarded the first NSF Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI) grant in 2011. Our meeting agenda for 2024 will reflect on the progress of research, innovation, education, and outreach in the field of sustainable polymers during our time as an NSF CCI (2011 – 2024) and highlight the most recent research in the center.

While NSF CCI funding sunsets this year, the CSP headquartered here at UMN will continue to advance work at the intersection of sustainability and polymer science in research, education, and outreach. We look forward to celebrating this with you during this special Annual Meeting event!

Public meeting.

8:15 AM Registration opens
Breakfast snacks and coffee available

9:00 AM Prof. Marc Hillmyer
Welcome, Meeting Logistics, & Agenda Overview

9:05 AM Dr. Katharine Covert & Dr. David Berkowitz
National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation: Centers for Chemical Innovation

9:25 AM Prof. Marc Hillmyer
NSF CSP Director
NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP): 13 years of research, education, and outreach

9:45 AM Prof. Issifu Harruna
NSF PREC-SP Director
NSF Partnership for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) – Sustainable Polymers

Break (10:05 – 10:20 AM)

10:20 AM Prof. Julia Kalow
Northwestern University
Yes we CAN!

10:40 AM Prof. Brett Fors
Cornell University
Polymers from Biorenewable Alcohols and Acids

11:00 AM Prof. William Dichtel
Northwestern University
Circular Polyurethanes and an Unexpected Foray in Water Treatment: 10 Years of Innovation in the CSP

11:20 AM Prof. Christopher Ellison
University of Minnesota
Compatibilizer Design for Mechanical Recycling of Polyolefin-containing Mixed Plastic Waste

11:40 AM Poptalks

Chelsea Harrod
Sarah Severson
Gabriela Diaz Gorbea
Margaret Kumler
Poster Presentation Poptalks (1.5 min – 1 slide each)

12:00PM Lunch and Poster Session
    Poster Session A
    Poster Session B
1:40 PM Poster Session Concludes

1:55 PM Mike Arbeiter
CEO, Valerian Materials
Nuvone: The evolving journey from CSP discovery to commercialization

2:05 PM Hsin-Chun (Jimmy) Chiu
CTO, Loop CO2
Keep Everyone in the Loop: CO2 Transformation and Sustainable Solutions

2:15 PM Dundee Butcher
CEO, Phoam Labs
The Road Less Traveled

2:25 PM Paul Dauenhauer
Founding Partner, Lakril Technologies
Sustainable path to bio-based acrylics

2:35 PM All Startup Speakers
Startup Panel Q&A

Break + Group Picture (3:05 – 3:25)

3:25 PM Prof. Stuart Rowan
University of Chicago
Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites

3:45 PM Prof. Jennifer Dunn
Northwestern University
Starting out strong: towards early-stage life cycle-based screening of sustainable polymers

4:05 PM Prof. Geoff Coates
Cornell University
New Methods for the Synthesis of Sustainable Polymers: Advances in Catalysis

4:25 PM Prof. Jessica Lamb, Prof. Jessica Hoover, Prof. Lynn Walker
Prof. Jessica Lamb – UMN Chemically recyclable polyoxazolidinones from ring-opening metathesis polymerization
Prof. Jessica Hoover – UMNSelective Decarbonylation Reactions for Polymer Upcycling
Prof. Lynn Walker – UMNCharacterization of complex aqueous coacervates containing sustainably-sourced polyelectrolytes

4:45 PM Prof. Marc Hillmyer
NSF CSP Director
Reflections on CCI support for CSP and what the future holds

5:00 PM End of Meeting

Dinner reception at FlannelJax’s in St. Paul

  • Please wear closed-toe shoes
  • Sign the waiver here; Event Code = 21585
  • Charter bus transportation available roundtrip from The Graduate Hotel for all
    • Depart at 6:00 PM | Return at 9:30PM
    • Look for John Beumer



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