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CSTPP Partner -- Center for Sustainable Polymers gets major grant for research on environment-friendly plastics

About three years ago CSTPP held a conference on Green Chemistry. One of our speakers was Marc Hillmyer. At the time he had just received seed funding from the Institute on the Environment to start the Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP). Since then our center has engaged with them to reach out to policy makers and the general world. CSP has also gathered affiliated companies and faculty members. This type of interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration has given CSP a strong base to launch into further research and collaboration.

Therefore, we are very pleased to announce that such collaboration was given boost as the University of Minnesota was awarded a $1.5 million grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Centers for Chemical Innovation program to the University's Center for Sustainable Polymers. The grant also makes the University eligible for additional funding in the future.

"We are tremendously excited about this new support from the NSF," said Marc Hillmyer. "With our strong history in polymer science and seed funding from the University of Minnesota, we have already been able to establish a national presence in the sustainable polymer arena."

The Center for Sustainable Polymers focuses its research on the challenge of creating advanced synthetic polymers (plastics) from renewable, natural, and sustainable resources instead of finite fossil fuels. Those resources include vegetable oils, starches, sugars, and terpenes (essential organic oils produced by plants, flowers, and conifers). Researchers are especially interested in materials that require low energy input, are non-toxic, and can be composted.

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