Center for Biobased Polymers By Design
Directors: Xiuzhi Susan Sun and Kenneth J. Klabunde
A Center for Biobased Polymers By Design was created at Kansas State University in January 2007 to stimulate interdisciplinary research efforts. The mission of this center is to research and develop biobased polymers that are durable, affordable, scientifically challenging and environmentally friendly.
Environmental issues and reliance on fossil feedstocks are driving forces to find alternative ways to secure sustainable world development. There is a huge market for polymers for various applications. These polymers rely on petroleum feedstocks. Biocarbon from renewables has shown great potential for replacing current fossil polymers, either partially in the near future or completely in the long-term.
The research goal is to design biobased polymers from monomer to polymer levels for potential applications in adhesives, resins and composites, and to facilitate discovery, reaction pathways, mechanism, modification, theory and characterization of bio-based polymers at both nano and macro scales.
The educational goals are to provide an interdisciplinary environment for students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in biopolymers, biobased materials or biofuels, and to educate the next generation scientists by integrating graduate research into undergraduate programs and K-12 education.
Updated spring 2008