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Doing Business As Name:University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Marc A Hillmyer
  • (612) 625-7834
  • Frank S Bates
  • Thomas R Hoye
  • William B Tolman
  • Geoffrey W Coates
Award Date:08/26/2011
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 1,500,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 1,674,157
  • FY 2013=$24,999
  • FY 2011=$1,500,000
  • FY 2012=$149,158
Start Date:09/01/2011
End Date:08/31/2014
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Center for Sustainable Polymers
Federal Award ID Number:1136607
DUNS ID:555917996
Parent DUNS ID:117178941
Program Officer:
  • Katharine Covert
  • (703) 292-4950

Awardee Location

Street:200 OAK ST SE
Awardee Cong. District:05

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Street:200 OAK ST SE
Cong. District:05

Abstract at Time of Award

The Center for Sustainable Polymers will establish a comprehensive knowledge base to enable the efficient and economical conversion of natural and abundant molecules into tomorrow's advanced polymeric materials. It will blend efforts in polymer design, monomer synthesis, polymerization catalysis, architecture and morphology control, and polymer property optimization to establish the basic scientific tenets for innovative renewable resource polymer technologies. The targets will be (1) architecturally diverse block copolymers as thermoplastic elastomers, tough plastics, and adhesives; and (2) thermosetting multiblock copolymers for structural and foam applications. The Center will develop new scientific understanding that will advance the use of biorenewable materials and supplant environmentally deleterious versions derived from petrochemicals. In addition to fostering the development and implementation of new innovative products for the benefit of society, the Center will also engage in a wide range of educational and public outreach activities. An important component will be public outreach aimed at informing citizenry and policy makers on the societal importance of sustainable technologies. Broad public dissemination includes the development of an interactive exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. The Center will foster collaboration among academic researchers, industrial partners, environmental advocates, and designers. Center graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will join interdisciplinary research teams, participate in an industrial internship program, and receive cross-disciplinary training in the area of sustainable polymers that will be vital for their independent careers. Efforts to broaden the participation of underrepresented students will be undertaken by building partnerships with other local organizations with similar interests and expertise. The Center for Sustainable Polymers is funded as part of the Centers for Chemical Innovation.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Miranda, MO; Pietrangelo, A; Hillmyer, MA; Tolman, WB "Catalytic decarbonylation of biomass-derived carboxylic acids as efficient route to commodity monomers" GREEN CHEMISTRY, v.14, 2012, p.490. doi:10.1039/C2GC16115  View record at Web of Science

Hillmyer, M. A.; Tolman, W. B. "Aliphatic Polyester Block Polymers: Renewable, Degradable, and Sustainable." Acc. Chem. Res., v.47, 2014, p.2390. doi:10.1021/ar500121d 

Gallagher, J.J.; Hillmyer, M.A.; Reineke, T.M. "Degradable Thermosets from Sugar-Derived Dilactones." Macromolecules, v.47, 2014, p.498. doi:10.1021/ma401904x 

Van Zee, N. J.; Coates, G. W. "Alternating Copolymerization of Dihydrocoumarin and Epoxides Catalyzed by Chromium Salen Complexes: A New Route to Functional Polyesters." Chem. Comm., v.50, 2014, p.6322. doi:10.1039/C4CC01566E 

Delgado, P. A.; Hillmyer, M. A. "Combining block copolymers and hydrogen bonding for poly(lactide) toughening." RSC Adv., v.4, 2014, p.13266. doi:10.1039/CARA00150H 

Maria O. Miranda; Hugo Vazquez Lima, Michelle Johnson, Joshua Marell, Christopher J. Cramer, William B. Tolman "Understanding the Polymerization Mechanism of e-Caprolactone Catalyzed by Aluminum Salen Complexes" Inorganic Chemistry, v.52, 2013, p.13692. doi:10.1021/ic402255m 

Brutman, J. P.; Delgado, P. A.; Hillmyer, M. A. "Polylactide Vitrimers." ACS Macro Lett., v.3, 2014, p.607. doi:10.1021/mz500269w 

Xiong, M.; Schneiderman, D. K.; Bates, F. S.; Hillmyer, M. A., Zhang, K. "Scalable Production of Mechanically Tunable Block Polymers from Sugar." PNAS, v.111, 2014, p.8357. doi:10.1073/pnas.1404596111 

Martello, MT; Burns, A; Hillmyer, M "Bulk Ring-Opening Transesterification Polymerization of the Renewable delta-Decalactone Using an Organocatalyst" ACS MACRO LETTERS, v.1, 2012, p.131. doi:10.1021/mz200006  View record at Web of Science

D. K. Schneiderman; C. Gilmer; M. T. Wentzel; M. T. Martello; T. Kubo; J. E. Wissinger "Sustainable Polymers in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Synthesis and Characterization of a Renewable Polymer from d-Decalactone and L-Lactide." Journal of Chemical Education, v.91, 2014, p.131. doi:10.1021/ed400185u 

Lee, I.; Bates, F. S. "Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of Alternating and Random Poly(styrene-b-butadiene) Multiblock Copolymers." Macromolecules, v.46, 2013, p.4529. doi:10.1021/ma400479b 

Intaek Lee; Frank S. Bates "Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of Alternating and Random Poly(styrene-b-butadiene) Multiblock Copolymers" Macromolecules, v.46, 2013, p.4529?4539. doi:10.1021/ma400479b 

Marell, D. J.; Emond, S. J; Kulshrestha, A.; Hoye, T. R. "Analysis of seven membered lactones by computational NMR methods: proton nmr chemical shift data are more discriminating than carbon." J. Org. Chem., v.79, 2014, p.753. doi:10.1021/jo402627s 

Gurusamy-Thangavelu, Senthil A.; Emond, Susanna J.; Kulshrestha, Aman; Hillmyer, Marc A.; Macosko, Christopher W.; Tolman, William B.; Hoye, Thomas R. "Polyurethanes based on renewable polyols from bioderived lactones" POLYMER CHEMISTRY, v.3, 2012, p.2941-2948.

Ding, K; Miranda, MO; Moscato-Goodpaster, B; Agellal, N.; Breyfogle, LE; Hermes, ED; Schaller, CP; Roe, SE; Cramer, CJ; Hillmyer MA; Tolman, WB "The Roles of Monomer Binding and Alkoxide Nucleophilicity in Aluminum-Catalyzed Polymerization of e-Caprolactone" Macromolecules, v., 2012, p.. doi:10.1021/ma301130b 

Intaek Lee; Tessie R. Panthani; Frank S. Bates "Sustainable Poly(lactide-b-butadiene) Multiblock Copolymers with Enhanced Mechanical Properties" Macromolecules, v.46, 2013, p.7387. doi:10.1021/ma401508b 

Spencer C. Knight; Chris P. Schaller; William B. Tolman; Marc A. Hillmyer "Renewable carvone-based polyols for use in polyurethane synthesis" RSC Adv, v.3, 2013, p.20399. doi:10.1039/C3RA44084B 

Bolton, J. M.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Hoye, T. R. "Sustainable thermoplastic elastomers from terpene-derived monomers." ACS Macro Lett., v.3, 2014, p.717. doi:10.1021/mz500339h 

Moughton, Adam O.; Sagawa, Takanori; Gramlich, William M.; Seo, Myungeun; Lodge, Timothy P.; Hillmyer, Marc A. "Synthesis of block polymer miktobrushes" POLYMER CHEMISTRY, v.4, 2013, p.166-173.

Gramlich, WM; Theryo, G; Hillmyer, MA "Copolymerization of isoprene and hydroxyl containing monomers by controlled radical and emulsion methods" POLYMER CHEMISTRY, v.3, 2012, p.1510. doi:10.1039/c2py20072  View record at Web of Science

Shin, Jihoon; Lee, Youngmin; Tolman, William B.; Hillmyer, Marc A. "Thermoplastic Elastomers Derived from Menthide and Tulipalin A" BIOMACROMOLECULES, v.13, 2012, p.3833-3840.

Du, A; Koo, D; Theryo, G; Hillmyer, MA; Cairncross, RA "Water transport and clustering behavior in homopolymer and graft copolymer polylactide" JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE, v.396, 2012, p.50. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2011.12.03  View record at Web of Science

Vaidya, T.; Klimovica, K.; LaPointe, A. M.; Keresztes, I.; Lobkovsky, E. B.; Daugulis, O.; Coates, G. W. "Secondary Alkene Insertion and Precision Chain-Walking: A New Route to Semicrystalline ?Polyethylene? from Underutilized ?-Olefins by Combining Two Rare Catalytic Events." J. Am. Chem. Soc., v.136, 2014, p.7213. doi:10.1021/ja502130w 

Project Outcomes Report


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Research Focus and Anticipated Benefits

The overarching goal of the Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) is to establish foundational chemical principles that enable the efficient and economical conversion of natural and abundant molecules into tomorrow’s advanced polymers. To achieve this objective the center has engaged researchers with a truly diverse set of expertise that includes the fields of organic, inorganic, catalytic, biosynthetic, polymer, materials, and computational chemistry. This broad base of knowledge and experience allows researchers in the CSP to take a comprehensive approach to this challenging topic, which we have organized into three primary research areas.

In the first area, Next Generation Feedstocks, researchers aim to discover new, efficient, non-toxic, and often catalytic, chemical transformations of biomass and other natural product-based feedstocks into both established and new molecules that can be converted into established and new polymers. The second research focus is Controlled Polymerization Processes. In this area, CSP researchers work to discover new methods to convert bio-based monomers into sustainable polymers with precisely controlled molecular structures. The third area of research is Hybrid Polymer Structures, where CSP scientists work to establish crucial relationships between chemical structure, morphology and performance for polymer architectures that incorporate multiple components and exhibit advanced properties important for future products.

The anticipated benefit of this research project is a suite of polymeric materials that outcompete traditional (petroleum based) polymers from a cost, performance, and environmental perspective.

Education and Outreach

In addition to this ambitious research agenda, the CSP implements, facilitates, and fosters a wide range of informal and formal educational activities. Our faculty, researchers, students, and staff work diligently to engage the public and educate the citizenry and policy makers on the societal importance of sustainable polymers and technologies. An important aspect of the CSP’s work is to broaden the participation of underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by working with key community partners.

Last Modified: 11/07/2014
Modified by: Marc A Hillmyer

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