Please join up to 30 minutes early to network and “find a seat” as industry presentations will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.
Presented by the Penn State Materials Research Institute, the Materials Spotlight Series is designed to create connections and spark discussions between industry and Penn State faculty and students that lead to productive research collaborations.
The first edition of the 2022 Materials Spotlight Series will be on "The Future of Plastics". This forum will look at the 2/5/10-year challenges for the plastics industry, such as the evolution of feedstock materials, the vast and ever-expanding list of applications for polymers, current challenges in the industry, and the demand for increased performance characteristics for polymer products. This dynamic conversation will highlight viewpoints from two major polymer manufacturers and include technology-solution-focused flash talks by various Penn State labs working in this area.
Company Presentations (3 x 10 minutes)
Dow – Sustainable Material Use in Packaging - Jill Martin, Global Sustainability Fellow
Shell – Pennsylvania Chemicals Project Update - Arthur Bailey, Technology Manager, Pennsylvania Chemicals Project
Bridgestone Americas Research - Restarting Tire Materials Cycle, Mindaugas Rackaitis, Manager for Polymer Performance Research
Faculty Presentations (4 x 10 minutes)
Melik Demirel, Huck Endowed Chair Professor of Biomimetic Materials – Bio-enabled Polymers
Gamini Mendis, Assistant Professor of Engineering – Efficient Use of Polymer Resources
Hee Jeung Oh, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering – Polymer Membranes for Environment, Energy, and Health
Enrique Gomez, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering – Flexible Electronics
We will conclude the event with a 20-minute Q&A and networking.
We hope to see you there!