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Bayer Lecture in Sustainability - Renewable Plastics: Step One in Breaking Our Oil Addiction

Date: 04/22/2014

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Auditorium Bell Museum of Natural History

Cost: Free and open to the public, but registration is required


In this year's Bayer Lecture in Sustainability, leading bioenergy scientist George Huber will discuss the growth and the market drivers for the renewable plastics industry, as well as some of the current market successes and products that are near commercialization. Additionally, he will discuss new technologies being developed in his research group to make renewable polymer precursors from biomass through catalytic processes.

To accomplish this, Huber's team uses a wide range of modern chemical engineering tools to design and optimize these clean technologies. By relying on very similar technologies that are used in the petrochemical industry, renewable plant biomass can be converted into liquid transportation fuels or renewable plastics. However, plastics are a higher value product and the first step in reducing our society's dependence on imported foreign oil.

George W. Huber is a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He leads a research group focused on developing new processes for the production of renewable liquid fuels and chemicals.

The Bayer Lecture in Sustainability is hosted by Department of Chemistry Professor Marc Hillmyer, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers.


  • Name: Eileen Harvala
  • E-mail: harva015@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-0831
  • Sponsored by: College of Science and Engineering

Reservation Information:

Register now!  Seats are filling quickly.

More information: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/itcomm/events/2014/04/department_of_chemistry_public.php

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the event sponsor.

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