Twenty-seventh Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Synthesis, Design, and Evaluation of Sustainable Plastic Cycles

Symposium Organizers: Gerardo J. Ruiz-Mercado, Senior Research Chemical Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Andrés Muñoz G., Manager – Production Partner Management, NESTE

Co-Sponsor: AIChE Environmental Division

Given the many challenges the environment is facing, and to support society, government, and industry to make informed decisions, scientists and engineers are conducting research and development contributions to synthesize, design, and evaluate plastics (novel and existing) to minimize or eliminate the impacts of plastics on human health and the environment. Also, it is critical to find logistics, processes, technologies, and reactions for transforming the conventional linear plastics cycle into a circular system for upcycling, recycling, and reusing instead of their disposal and requiring fresh fossil raw materials for the production of new materials. This symposium will provide data and information to assist stakeholders in making informed decisions towards sustainable plastics production and management practices.

This symposium consists of contributions describing novel green chemistry and engineering developments for addressing technological constraints and advancing the sustainability of plastics and their life cycles. These efforts include the design of new monomers/polymers, synthesis routes, processes, technologies, replace-creation of new materials, policy considerations, renewable feedstocks, and sustainable end-of-life (EoL) management of plastics and ensuring a safer circular life cycle. Also, the symposium seeks developments on identifying current and potential links and gaps between industry sectors at the EoL stage (e.g., recycling facilities) and industry sectors at upstream plastic life cycle stages (e.g., manufacturing).

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