Past Event

Closing the Loop on the Plastics Dilemma: A Chemical Sciences Roundtable Workshop

May 9, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

Plastics today are used in various industries to produce lightweight, corrosion-resistant, durable materials. Unfortunately, the characteristics that make plastics valuable materials also make them environmentally unfriendly; no plastic that is commonly used today is biodegradable. Furthermore, few plastics are recycled; most are landfilled or discarded into the environment. Given the urgent need to reimagine plastics and waste management practices, this workshop will focus on better connecting the product design with end-of-use stages of the plastics life cycle. Specifically, the workshop will discuss new polymer options and approaches that reduce the impacts of plastics that enter the environment and that improve recycling of plastics, through both mechanical and chemical methods. Ultimately, the overall goal of the workshop is to provide a venue for the chemistry and chemical engineering communities and related fields to identify opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of plastics by enhancing plastics recycling and by reducing the lifetime of plastics that enter the environment.

Poster Session Information and Submission

Poster presentations considered for acceptance will focus on one of the topics listed below:

-- Advancing Mechanical Recycling Using Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Approaches
-- Enhancing Chemical or Biological Recycling: New Approaches, Improvements, or Opportunities
-- Redesigning Plastics for the Future: Improving Recycling or Environmental Sustainability Submission and Selection Process

Poster abstract submission is open to the public.
Deadline for submission is April 19, 2019.
Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the workshop organizing committee; notification of acceptance will be made no later than April 26, 2019.
All travel costs are the responsibility of the presenters.
Click HERE to submit your abstracts.