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.
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.
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(11), pp 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.