The NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) at the University of Minnesota has received a $20 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation. The Center performs basic research into polymers, which are the components of plastics. The researchers at the Center are seeking to develop polymers from sustainable biomass using new, innovative techniques; these plastics could then be disposed of in environmentally friendly ways.
Four MSI PIs are senior investigators at the Center: Professor Chris Cramer (Vice President for Research; Chemistry), Associate Professor Paul Dauenhauer (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science), Professor Thomas Hoye (Chemistry), and Professor Theresa Reineke (Chemistry).
A story about the Center and its research can be found on the College of Science and Engineering website: University of Minnesota Receives $20M Grant for Sustainable Plastics Research.