Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
LaShanda Korley, University of Delaware
Megan Robertson, University of Houston
Nic Rorrer, NREL
We thank our generous sponsors: Center for Plastics Innovation, Center for Sustainable Polymers, Dow, European Polymer Journal, Kraton, Milliken, NSF DMR Polymers Program, SABIC, Tosoh, and TotalEnergies
OverviewDetrimental impacts of polymer production, usage, and waste generation on the environment are critical challenges facing our global society. This short course will bring together experts from academia, national laboratories and industry to teach concepts relevant to polymer sustainability, including fundamental property relationships and processing of sustainable polymers, sustainable syntheses and renewable origins of polymers, reprocessable networks, polymer recycling, upcycling, and degradation, characterization of waste plastics, and life cycle and techno-economic analyses. Attendees will leave with knowledge on fundamental aspects and cutting-edge research in these areas, and will experience tutorial activities for hands-on learning throughout the short course.
Who should attend?The workshop is appropriate for polymer and soft materials researchers at all levels, in academia, national laboratories, and industry, who would like to learn about sustainability issues surrounding polymers and recent approaches to tackle these challenges. While aimed toward early-career researchers (including graduate students, postdocs, and early-career faculty and scientists) there will be topics of interest for researchers at all career levels.
Additional InformationPlease bring a laptop for the hands-on tutorials on both Saturday and Sunday. No software installation is required beyond access to a web browser. Free wifi will be provided.
Graduate student travel scholarships are available for both in-person and virtual participation in the short course. Please send the following information to Megan Robertson in one PDF file by Friday, February 11, 2022:
Eligibility: This award is open to graduate students who are studying at U.S. institutions. Applicants must be a member of the DPOLY division (click "Join DPOLY" on https://engage.aps.org/dpoly/home). We especially encourage nominations of women and students from underrepresented groups.
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