May 20 - 23, 2013

Safety Harbor Hotel and Conference Center

Safety Harbor, Florida  USA


CO-ORGANIZERS

 

Dr. Dylan J. Boday
IBM Materials Engineering
Office 955/9032-1
9000 S. Rita Road
Tuscon, AZ  85744
Phone: 520-799-2180
Email: dboday@us.ibm.com
 
Professor Marc A. Hillmyer
Center for Sustainable Polymers
UMN Dept. of Chemistry
207 Pleasant St., SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-7834
Email: hillmyer@umn.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Kate Beers (NIST)
Dylan Boday (IBM)
Michelle Brand (DSM)

H. N. Cheng (USDA)
Francois deBie (Purac)
Andrew Dove (Warwick)
Richard Gross (NYU-Poly)
Jim Hedrick (IBM)
Marc Hillmyer (University of Minnesota)
Mike Kessler (Iowa State University)
Joseph Kuczynski (IBM)
Ellen Lee (Ford Motor Company)
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University)
Stefan Mecking (University of Konstanz)

Steve Miller (University of Florida)
Robert Moon (Forest Products Laboratory)
J
eff Pyun (Arizona)

Megan Robertson (University of Houston)
Ulrich Schubert (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

Chuanbing Tang (USC)
Erwin Vink (NatureWorks)
Robert M. Waymouth (Stanford)
Charlotte Williams (Imperial)
Jeffrey Youngblood (Purdue University)


INTRODUCTION AND INVITATION

The use and development of materials from renewable sources is not a new concept, and there are many examples in history of the use of renewable materials to prepare primitive tools, clothes and shelter. As the complexity of human requirements increased, so did the materials and by the 19th century durable materials were being prepared from renewable resources such as vulcanized rubber and adhesives from starches and other natural resins.  However, the widespread use of these materials was diminished in the 20th century with the development of fossil fuel derived leading to the polymer renaissance. In the following decades, coal and petrol-based polymers could be found in nearly every item we touched, e.g., clothing, packaging, paints, adhesives and plastics.

Today, the use of polymers is widespread but the sources which are used to prepare them are coming under scrutiny. The traditional sources to prepare the vast majority of conventional polymers are finite and will begin to dwindle in the future. This will put a significant cost pressure on the polymers prepared from these finite resources. Lastly, as the world begins to become much more aware of the needs for a sustainable future, there will be increasing pressure to incorporate sustainable materials. With these concerns, there is now a growing shift back to polymeric materials from renewable sources.  Significant research is ongoing to develop new or improved products and processes based on sustainability.

This workshop will bring together researchers from academia, industry, and government to present and discuss their activities in the broad area of sustainable polymers. Recent research in new materials, new processes, and new technologies that focus on sustainable practices in polymer science and technology will be presented.