Formulating New Environmentally-Friendly Plastics

With support from the National Science Foundation, chemist Marc Hillmyer, of the University of Minnesota, and a team at the Center for Sustainable Polymers are dedicating their research to changing the way plastics are made and unmade. The Center's vision is to develop economically competitive and environmentally friendly polymers that may even outperform their traditional counterparts. To accomplish their goal, these chemists are working on new strategies using renewable feedstock chemicals, such as sugars, plant oils, and other naturally sourced starting materials.