Defining the Macromolecules of Tomorrow through Synergistic Sustainable Polymer Research

Farihah Haque, Jacob S.A. Ishibashi, Claire A.L. Lidston, Huiling Shao, Frank S. Bates, Alice B Chang, Geoffrey W. Coates, Christopher J. Cramer, Paul J. Dauenhauer, William R. Dichtel, Christopher J. Ellison, Ethan A Gormong, Leslie S. Hamachi, Thomas R. Hoye, Mengyuan Jin, Julia A. Kalow, Hee Joong Kim, Gaurav Kumar, Christopher J. Lasalle, Stephanie LifflandBryce M. Lipinski, Yutong Pang, Riffat Parveen, Xiayu Peng, Yanay Popowski, Emily A Prebihalo, Yernaidu Reddi, Theresa M Reineke, Daylan T. Sheppard, Jeremy L. Swartz, William B. Tolman, Bess Vlaisavljevich, Jane E Wissinger, Shu Xu, Marc A. Hillmyer

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Transforming how plastics are made, unmade, and remade through innovative research and diverse partnerships that together foster environmental stewardship is critically important to a sustainable future. Designing, preparing, and implementing polymers derived from renewable resources for a wide range of advanced applications that promote future economic development, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability are all central to these efforts. In this Chemical Reviews contribution, we take a comprehensive, integrated approach to summarize important and impactful contributions to this broad research arena. The Review highlights signature accomplishments across a broad research portfolio and is organized into four wide-ranging research themes that address the topic in a comprehensive manner: Feedstocks, Polymerization Processes and Techniques, Intended Use, and End of Use. We emphasize those successes that benefitted from collaborative engagements across disciplinary lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6322-6373
Number of pages52
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 23 2022

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Funding Information:
We thank the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment and the National Science Foundation for support of the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers (CHE-1901635, CHE-1413862, and CHE-1136607). We thank Prof. Hammes-Schiffer for soliciting this Review summarizing the work from the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers. We recognize the scores of researchers that have contributed to this and other research from the center since its inception. Thank you to Laura Seifert and Jennifer McCambridge for important input to earlier versions of this review. We thank John Beumer for assistance with and generation of graphics.

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