Future options for making plastics more sustainable | University of Oxford

Future options for making plastics more sustainable

Speaker
Professor Charlotte Williams
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:00
Venue
Lecture Theatre
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BD
Venue details

Corner of Catte and Holywell Streets

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

This lecture will describe research in chemistry and polymer materials carried out in the Williams research laboratories.

This research focuses on how to activate and transform non-petrochemical raw materials into polymers (plastics). For example, waste plants or agricultural by-products or even waste carbon dioxide can all be used as raw materials to make polymers, replacing petrochemicals derived from oil. The properties of polymers will be discussed and examples will be given of possible end-user applications for these new renewable polymers. The lecture will introduce some concepts to consider when evaluating polymer sustainability and life cycles.

Professor Charlotte Williams