The CSP partners with the Department of Chemistry at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to pursue joint research in key areas of common interest including cellulose nanocrystals, density functional theory, anionic polymerization, polymer curriculum development, and in biobased covalent adaptable networks. These collaborative research projects are conducted at CAU by co-mentored students, who also participate in research exchanges with the CSP partner lab.
The CSP collaborates with Eureka Recycling on the intersection of polymer research and the viability within the recycling industry and infrastructure. Eureka Recycling is a zero waste social enterprise that owns and operates a recycling Materials Recovery Facility that sorts over 100,000 tons of material a year.
West Lake University
CSP researchers are working with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association to pursue new monomers and polymers that expand the uses of corn-based sugars. Additionally, the MCGA supports our outreach efforts including the summer undergraduate research program and our high school teacher workshop in green chemistry.
McCutcheon, C. J.; Zhao, B.; Jin, K.; Bates, F. S.; Ellison, C. J. Crazing mechanism and physical aging of poly(lactide) toughened with poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(butylene oxide) diblock copolymers. Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 10163-10178.
Xu, S.; Wang, Y.; Hoye, T. R. Poly(4-ketovalerolactone) from levulinic acid: Synthesis and hydrolytic degradation. Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 4952-4959.
Kumar, G.; Liu, D.; Xu, D.; Ren, L.; Tsapatsis, M.; Dauenhauer, P. J. Dehydra-decyclization of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran to pentadienes on boron-containing zeolites. Green Chem., 2020, 22, 4147-4160.
Kuznetsov, A.; Kumar, G.; Ardagh, M. A.; Tsapatsis, M.; Zhang, Q.; Dauenhauer, P. J. On the economics and process design of renewable butadiene from biomass-derived furfural. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2020, 8, 3273-3282.
Yee, G. M.; Wang, T.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Tonks, I. A. Mechanistic study of palladium-catalyzed hydroesterificative copoloymerization of vinyl benzyl alcohol and CO. Organometallics, 2019, 38, 1778-1786.
Lundberg, D.; Lundberg, D.; Zhang, K.; Dauenhauer, P. J. Process design and economic analysis of renewable isoprene from biomass via mesaconic acid. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 5576–5586.
Yee, G. M.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Tonks, I. A. Bioderived acrylates from alkyl lactates via Pd-catalyzed hydroesterification. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 9579–9584.
Lundberg, D.; Lundberg, D.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Dauenhauer, P. J. Techno-economic analysis of a chemical process to manufacture methyl-ε-caprolactone from cresols. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 15316–15324.
Wang, Y.; Xu, S.; Hoye, T. R. Poly(α-
Pehere, A.D.; Xu, S.; Thompson, S.K.; Hillmyer, M.A.; Hoye, T.R. Diels–alder reactions of furans with itaconic anhydride: Overcoming unfavorable thermodynamics. Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 2584–2587.
CSP researchers have worked with Kimberly Clark Corporation to study PET blends and inclusion chemistry.
Lee, B.; Onbulak, S.; Xu, Y.; Topolkaraev, V.; McEneany, R.; Bates, F. S.; Hillmyer, M. A. Investigation of micromechanical behavior and voiding of polyethylene terephthalate/polyethylene-stat-methyl acrylate blends during tensile deformation. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2019, 58, 6402–6412.
Todd, A. D.; McEneany, R. J.; Topolkaraev, V. A.; Macosko, C. W.; Hillmyer, M. A. Reactive compatibilization of poly(ethylene terephthalate) and high-density polyethylene using amino-telechelic polyethylene. Macromolecules 2016, 49, 8898–8994.
Xu, Y.; Delgado, P.; Todd, A. D.; Loi, J.; Saba, S. A; McEneany, R. J.; Topolkaraev, V.; Macosko, C. W.; Hillmyer, M. A. Lightweight micro-cellular plastics from polylactide/polyolefin hybrids. Polymer 2016, 102, 73–83.
Xu, Y.; Delgado, P.; Topolkaraev, V.; McEneany, R. J.; Macosko, C. W.; Hillmyer, M. A. Reactive compatibilization of polylactide/polypropylene blends. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2015, 54, 6108–6114.
CSP researchers have partnered with Land O’ Lakes to pursue lactose-derived materials for various applications.
Fonseca, L. R.; Dirlam, P. T.; Hillmyer, M. A. Atom-economical, one-pot, self-initiated photopolymerization of lactose methacrylate for biobased hydrogels. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 4606–4613.
CSP researchers have partnered with BKB to explore renewable and biodegradable foams.
Dirlam, P. T.; Goldfeld, D. J.; Dykes, D. C.; Hillmyer, M. A. Polylactide foams with tunable mechanical properties and wettability using a star polymer architecture and a mixture of surfactants. ACS Sustainable Chem. & Eng. 2019, 7, 1698-1706.
Spencer, R. K. W.; Matsen, M. W. Field theoretic simulations of bottlebrush copolymers. J. Chem. Phys. 2018, 149, 184901.
Spencer, R. K. W.; Matsen, M. W. Fluctuation effects in blends of A + B homopolymers with AB diblock copolymer. Journal of Chem. Phys. 2018, 148, 204907.
Spencer, R. K. W.; Matsen, M. W. Continuous thermodynamic integration in field-theoretic simulations of structured polymers. Macromol. Theory Simul., 2017, 1700036.
Beardsley, T. M.; Matwen, M.W. Fluctuation correction for the critical transition of symmetric homopolymer blends. J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 147, 0440905.
Spencer, R. K. W.; Matsen, M. W. Domain bridging in thermoplastic elastomers of star block copolymer. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 1681–1687.
Beardsley, T. M.; Matsen, M. W. Universality between experiment and simulation of a diblock copolymer melt. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2016, 117, 217801.
Spencer, R. K. W.; Matsen, M. W. Critical point of symmetric binary homopolymer blends. Macromolecules 2016, 49, 6116–6125.
Dalsin, S. J.; Rions-Maehren, T. G.; Beam, M. D.; Bates, F. S.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Matsen, M. W. Bottlebrush block polymers: Quantitative theory and experiments. ACS Nano 2015, 9 (12), 12233–12245.
De Hoe, G. X.; Zumstein, M. T.; Getzinger, G. J.; Rüegsegger, I.; Kohler, H.-P. E.; Maurer-Jones, M. A.; Sander, M. Hillmyer, M. A.; McNeill, K. Photochemical transformation of poly(butylene adpiate-co-terephthalate) and its effects on enzymatic hydrolyzability. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2019, 53, 2472–2481.
De Hoe, G. X.; Zumstein, M. T.; Tiegs, B. J.; Brutman, J. P.; McNeil, K.; Sander, M.; Coates, G. W.; Hillmyer, M. A. Sustainable polyester elastomers from lactones: Synthesis, properties, and enzymatic hydrolyzability. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 963–973.