Living with Plastics: Problems and Solutions
February 1 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
A recent study predicted that 12,000 mega tonnes of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050, costing USD 40 billion annually in lost value. These startling numbers have propelled research activity on plastics recovery, redesign, recycling, and general sustainability in the Plastics Engineering Department at UML. This lecture will discuss the basic issues in plastics sustainability, recent research highlights from the Sobkowicz group, and steps being taken in the department to lower its environmental footprint.
Meg Sobkowicz-Kline holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and Colorado School of Mines, respectively. In 2010 she was awarded a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship to study polymeric materials for photovoltaic applications at National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her research interests include renewable polymers, green chemistry, polymer nanocomposites, functional coatings, plastics recycling, and climate change. At UMass Lowell she serves as the Engineering College Liaison to the Climate Change Initiative steering committee, and the Women Academics Valued and Engaged in STEM (WAVES) team.