The University of St. Thomas Department of Chemistry, with financial support from
The Grants and Research Office and the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship Award, presents
For General Audiences:
In Pursuit of the Perfect Plastic
7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 5th - ASC 378A: North Woulfe Alumni Hall
Abstract: Society depends on polymeric materials now more than at any other time in history. Although synthetic polymers are indispensable in a diverse array of applications, ranging from commodity packaging and structural materials to technologically complex biomedical and electronic devices, their synthesis and post-use fate pose important environmental challenges. The focus of our research is the development of new routes to polymers with reduced environmental impact. In this work, we aim to transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources, and are developing synthetic methods that limit energy and raw-material consumption. In addition, we are designing materials that will eventually degrade into non-toxic materials, and have properties comparable to current commodity plastics. In this lecture, the development of new methods for the synthesis of sustainable polymers will be presented.