Blended Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing: Principles to Practice

Impose a lens of sustainability on the entire innovation process from material design and processing to end-of-life considerations with circular thinking

Where: Tempe, AZ
Duration: >1 day
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About the Instructor(s)

Timothy E. Long
Professor & Biodesign Center Director, Arizona State University

Prof. Long currently leads the Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing (SM3) at Arizona State University (ASU). He previously was on the faculty at Virginia Tech where he ultimately served as Director of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute. He leads an interdisciplinary research group focused on structure, property, and processing relationships of macromolecular materials with a focus on advanced materials for additive manufacturing. His research also imposes a lens of sustainability across the innovation process, ranging from principles of green chemistry and more circular thinking to new material design.

About the Course

What You Will Learn:

  • Sustainable and green polymer synthesis, characterization tools and techniques that are critical to understanding the performance of sustainable materials, and environmental testing protocols
  • Sustainable feedstocks, life cycle and technoeconomic analyses
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Examples of sustainability from the fields of performance materials, membrane separations, composites, films, coatings, emissions reductions, etc.
  • Plastics recycling, reuse, disposal, and the emerging circular economy of plastics

What You Will Learn

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn Practical Paths Towards Sustainability to Enhance Business and Material Performance.
  2. Partner with Renowned Authorities in Polymer Science and Engineering with a Focus on New Directions in Sustainable Methods and Practices.
  3. Gain Hands-on and Virtual Experience by Performing or Discussing a Variety of Experiments in the Laboratory in Small Group Breakouts
  4. Learn to Diagnose and Solve Practical Problems in Polymer Synthesis, Sustainability, Characterization, Mechanical Properties, and Processing.
  5. Gain a Remarkable Breadth of Knowledge of Polymer Science- Covering a Variety of Topics from Sustainable Polymer Synthesis to Polymer Manufacturing/Processing.
  6. Solve Your Practical, Work-Related Problems by Discussing Your Work with Polymer Experts.

Who Should Attend

Anyone currently working or beginning to work with polymers and their applications, including bachelor’s degree through Ph.D. level research chemists, engineers, biologists, physicists, or technicians with interests at the intersection of sustainability and materials should take this course. Business managers, faculty, high school- or college-level instructors, and IP managers in the polymer industry will greatly benefit from this in-depth, lecture-laboratory course. No prior knowledge of polymer science and engineering is assumed; however, prior participation in the Polymer Chemistry: Principles and Practice short course offered by Virginia Tech is ideal but not necessary. Sustainability principles will serve as the foundation of the course and weaved throughout the curriculum

Course Outline

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ASU Skysong Innovations and the ASU Biodesign Institute
Tempe, AZ

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