Green Chemistry in Composite Materials and Manufacturing
Symposium Organizer: John Dorgan, Chem. Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University
(Present affiliation: Chem. Eng. Dept., Colorado School of Mines)
Composite materials are playing an important role in addressing sustainability metrics. For example, wind turbines are constructed of fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs). Accordingly, FRPs play a leading role in one of the most economic sources of clean renewable energy generation. Similarly, light-weighting of vehicles through incorporation of high-tech carbon fiber (CF) to meet stricter CAFÉ standards is undergoing intensive development. Despite the overwhelmingly positive environmental benefits of using light-weight composite materials, the materials and manufacturing processes can be improved through application of the principles of Green Chemistry. For example, alternative matrix materials can facilitate end-of-life recycling. In addition, biobased resins and biobased fibers can be produced with inherently lower embedded energy content. Contributions are sought containing the topical theme of Green Chemistry and Manufacturing. Topics of interest include but are not limited to alternative resin chemistries, thermoplastic matrix materials, styrene-free unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester systems, alternative manufacturing routes to carbon fibers, and others.