Green Chemistry: Inventing for a Circular Economy
Symposium Organizers: John Warner, Chief Technology Officer, The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry; Jennifer Ludwig, Scientific Communications Specialist, The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
The circular economy has arisen as an ambitious and necessary alternative to the current “take, make, dispose,” linear economy. Although the fundamentals of the circular economy are clear, technical feasibility remains as a major obstacle. Most products in circulation today were designed with materials that are not easily degraded or reworked, making it difficult or impossible to integrate them into a truly circular system. Because of the technical limitations posed by modern materials, there is a demand for new materials designed to degrade or be reworked from the beginning. Green chemistry supplies scientists with the tools to invent these crucial materials. This symposium centers on using green chemistry as a philosophy to guide the invention of materials for the circular economy. Success stories from industry and current challenges will be discussed.