Plantics: Plastics Made From Plants

events hall

Prof. Gadi Rothenberg

23.10.2022

David Wang Auditorium, 3rd floor Dalia Meidan Bldg.

14:30

How often is it that you invent something that can truly change people’s lives and make the world a better place? I’ve been researching catalyst discovery and development for bulk chemicals and sustainable energy for 20 years, and I found quite a few nice things, but nothing truly spectacular. And then, in March 2010, Albert and I discovered by accident a new type of amazing resin made from 100% plant-based materials. It would be nice to say that this involved years of study and preparation, but in fact, we were simply very lucky.

This new plastic is non-toxic, non-hazardous, and cheap enough to replace phenol-formaldehyde resins, polyurethanes and in some cases polypropylene and PET. Especially in the composite applications, we’re finding a host of new and exciting things. In the lecture, I will tell you how we discovered this plastic, and discuss the pros and cons of making chemicals and polymers from biomass.

Host: Asst. Prof. Joshua M. Grolman