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Bayer Lecture in Sustainability: In Pursuit of the Perfect Plastic

Date: 04/18/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: 100 Smith Hall

Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Register at http://z.umn.edu/lectureregister13


Presented by world-renowned chemist and Cornell University Professor Geoffrey Coates

Can we create the perfect plastic that is made from renewable resources and is environmentally friendly? World-renowned chemist and Cornell University Professor Geoffrey Coates examines this question and presents his current research on the synthesis of sustainable polymers.

This lecture will focus on research to develop new methods for the synthesis of sustainable polymers with reduced environmental impact. In this work, researchers aim to transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources and are developing synthetic methods that limit energy and raw-material consumption. In addition, they are designing materials that will eventually degrade into non-toxic materials and have properties comparable to current commodity plastics.

About the speaker:

Geoffrey W. Coates received a doctorate in organic chemistry with Robert Waymouth at Stanford University in 1994, and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow with Robert Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the Cornell University faculty in 1997 where he is now the Tisch University Professor.

Professor Coates has received many awards, including the A.C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society Affordable Green Chemistry Award, and the Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award. In 2011, he was identified by Thomson Reuters as one of the world's top 100 chemists on the basis of the impact of his scientific research and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is the scientific co-founder of Novomer Inc., and is a member of the Dalton Transactions Editorial Board, and is an associate editor of Macromolecules.

Visit the lecture web page for more information and to register.


  • Name: Laura Seifert
  • E-mail: csp@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-6732
  • Sponsored by: University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers


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