Center for Sustainable Polymers receives $20 million grant to pioneer next generation plastics

Aug. 1, 2014 - The University of Minnesota's (UMN) Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) was awarded a Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI) grant from the National Science Foundation, totaling $20 million over five years. This new award will result in significant expansion and enhancement of CSP activities centered on the mission of transforming how plastics are made and unmade through innovative research, engaging education, and diverse partnerships that together foster environmental stewardship. Under the direction of Marc Hillmyer, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the UMN's Department of Chemistry, the multi-disciplinary and collaborative CSP draws together a remarkable group of scientists that include researchers at the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley, along with more than 30 companies from across the nation. CSP researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science include Professors Frank Bates, Chris Macosko, and Kechun Zhang.

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