Expert Alert: Creating environment-friendly plastics
On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota announced a grant renewal from the National Science Foundation for the continued study and discovery of the next generation of environmentally friendly plastics.
Marc Hillmyer, a professor in the College of Science and Engineering, addresses the prevalence of plastic and the future of sustainable plastics.
Marc Hillmyer, Ph.D.
“The durability of plastics is both their strong suit and their Achilles' heel. Plastics are amazingly strong, durable and low-cost materials, and that is why they have permeated our day-to-day life. However, it is these same features that have contributed to their accumulation in the environment.
“The work of the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers is focused on the basic chemistry research that is necessary to design the next generation of materials that can compete with the plastics of today, but that also have more sensible and less environmentally impactful end-of-life options.”
Marc Hillmyer is the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Chemistry and leads a research group focused on the synthesis and self-assembly of multifunctional polymers. He is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers headquartered at the University of Minnesota, a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Hillmyer served as an associate editor for the ACS journal Macromolecules from 2008-2017 and is currently the editor-in-chief.
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