Sustainable Production of Biobased Polymers

Organizers: Melissa Gordon; Assistant Professor; Lafayette College, Easton, PA; Lindsay Soh; Associate Professor; Lafayette College, Easton, PA; Joseph Stanzione; Associate Professor; Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

This symposium will highlight the contributions made towards fundamentally understanding, developing, and commercializing biobased polymers via sustainable production processes as well as identify challenges to overcome. Presentations will address various challenges in this field by: (1) designing complex polymers and polymer composites from a combination of biobased monomers and other biomass constituents, (2) understanding the fundamental processing-structure-property-toxicity relationships of the chemicals, monomers, and resins utilized to produce biobased polymers and polymer composites, (3) applying the principles of green chemistry and engineering towards biobased polymer production as effectively and economically as possible and (4) conducting quantitative techno-economic and life-cycle assessments of biobased polymers and polymer composites. Presenters will participate in a panel to share their perspectives on the growth, challenges, and potential of the field at the conclusion of the session.