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Sustainable polymers researchers featured at green chemistry forum

Professors Marc Hillmyer and William Tolman, leading researchers in the development of polymers (plastics) made from sustainable, renewable resources, were part of the Adding Value Through Green Chemistry Forum. Hillmyer co-organized the forum, and Tolman served on a summary panel that concluded the forum.

The forum was presented, Friday, January 7, by the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum and the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. The Department of Chemistry's Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) supported the Green Chemistry Forum. The forum brought together business, non-government organizations, public policy, and academic leaders to explore the benefits of green chemistry for businesses, the economy, public health, and the environment.

Hillmyer is director of the CSP, and Tolman is one of the center's principal investigators. The Humphrey Institute's Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy is also a partner in the CSP. The CSP is a unique integration of science, technology, and public policy initiatives aimed at reducing the used of finite fossil fuel reserves for the creation of polymers. In addition to advancing cutting-edge polymer research at the University of Minnesota, the center's mission encompasses forming partnerships with industries, teaching students about sustainable materials, and educating and engaging the public.