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Modern Approaches to Functional and Sustainable Thermoplastics

Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 4:00 PM

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Frank Leibfarth, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present this lecture.

Plastics are the largest synthetic consumer product in the world, with an annual production of over 360 million metric tons annually. Despite the structural diversity enabled by modern advances in polymer synthesis, greater than 60% of world plastic production remains dominated by polyolefins. These high-volume, low-cost engineering thermoplastics are made from a small sub-set of petroleum derived monomers and demonstrate diverse thermomechanical properties, attractive chemical resistance, and excellent processability.

Host: Jonathan Barnes

Contact chemistry@wustl.edu for more information.

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Frank Leibfarth, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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