The University's Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) received a major grant from the National Science Foundation for research on environment-friendly plastics.
Marc Hillymer is the center's director and the program leader of IPrime's Microstructured Polymers program.
CSP focuses its research on the challenge of creating advanced synthetic polymers (plastics) from renewable, natural and sustainable resources instead of finite fossil fuels. Those resources include vegetable oils, starches, sugars and terpenes (essential organic oils produced by plants, flowers and conifers). Researchers are especially interested in materials that require low energy input, are non-toxic and can be composted.