The majority of plastics we use in our day-to-day lives are sourced from petroleum, which is both non-renewable and non-sustainable. As a contributing group in the Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP), we strive to develop monomers and polymers from sustainable resources. Research projects in this area are highly collaborative with other research groups in the Center.
Sustainable polymer projects in our group are natural extensions of our group’s other projects. Often in our group, drug delivery vehicles employ carbohydrates in their polymer structures. Carbohydrates represent a key feedstock for green materials development, as they are the most widely available renewable resource. The sustainable polymers we develop are designed to exhibit low toxicity while being biodegradable; key characteristics of biomaterials and desired properties for sustainable plastics. Consequently, the understanding of sustainable polymers is central towards the development of biomaterials that will enable our group to enter other therapeutic areas.
We are dedicated towards understanding the synthesis, development, and properties of sustainable polymers.