26th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Designing Bio-Sourced or Natural Product-Derived Systems for Sustainable 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing of Plastics

Symposium Organizer: Andrew Weems, Assistant Professor, Ohio University (Main Campus)

3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) have relied on petrochemicals for the majority of the material feedstocks. The current push for green alternatives in the manufacturing space has opened avenues not only for improving existing processes, but also ensuring that the scientific community is designing more sustainable, less harmful, and greener alternative processes and materials for tomorrow.

The proposed symposium focuses on the utilization of naturally occurring, bio-derived, or bio-inspired material systems for 3D printing and additive manufacturing, where the goal is to replace petrochemically-derived materials with alternatives able to match existing material specifications or to enhance other properties of interest to specific AM users. Using 3D printing as a focus area, topics to be discussed include circular economics in plastic manufacturing industries, cost-efficiency for bioderivation compared with petroleum-derived materials, and design strategies related to biologically-sourced materials. A cross disciplinary focus, including perspectives from both industry (including materials, pharmaceuticals, medicine, and manufacturing) and academia that account for early career researchers and under-represented groups as major contributors to the symposium, will ensure a broad array of ideas and considerations are presented.

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