Sun, Apr 26 | Webinar

NAS Science Session: New Approaches to Solving the Plastics Dilemma Featuring Susannah Scott

This session explores a revolution in the field of polymer science that includes a transition to renewable feedstocks, the development of environmentally-degradable materials, and upcycling of plastics to new fuels, chemicals and materials. The webcast will be available at 8:30 am PST.
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NAS Science Session: New Approaches to Solving the Plastics Dilemma Featuring Susannah Scott

Time & Location

Apr 26, 2020, 8:20 AM
Webinar

About the Event

Plastics are a vital part of  modern life. Current commodity plastics, such as polyethylene,  polystyrene, and polypropylene, are comprised of large organic molecules  known as polymers, which are derived from non-renewable fossil fuels  and designed to be durable and resistant to degradation. Due to the  versatile properties of these synthetic materials and their low cost,  global plastics production has reached an unfathomable rate of more than  400 million metric tons per year. It is hard to imagine a world without  plastics – they keep our food safe, are fundamental components of  electronic devices, allow fuel-efficient vehicles, among an almost  endless list of beneficial applications. However, there is a detrimental  side of plastics that creates a growing crisis; for plastic packaging,  approximately 1/3 is leaked into the environment, 40% is clogging our  landfills. Only 10% is recycled, with just 2% undergoing closed-loop  recycling. This session explores a revolution in the field of polymer  science that includes a transition to renewable feedstocks, the  development of environmentally-degradable materials, plastics that can  protect, report, heal and even regenerate themselves, and upcycling of  plastics to new fuels, chemicals and materials. The webcast will be  available at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday, April 26. 

Organizer: Geoffrey W. Coates, Tisch University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University

Speakers:

  • Marc A. Hillmyer, Professor, NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers, University of Minnesota
  • Jeffrey S. Moore,  Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair and Director, Beckman Institute for  Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at  Urbana-Champaign
  • Susannah Scott, Distinguished Professor and Mellichamp Chair,  Sustainable Catalytic Processing, Department of Chemistry and  Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

Watch the seminar: http://www.nasonline.org/about-nas/events/annual-meeting/nas157/science-sessions-plastics.html