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Live Presentation: Plastics and the Circularity Challenge

January 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

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Overwhelmed by the rising tide of forever plastics?  We are pleased to bring you some emerging solutions to help stem the flow.   Karen Hagerman, Program Manager at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, will share examples of her research into the systems, social and technology issues to resolve the circularity plastic life-cycle challenge.  Ross A. Lee, Villanova Sustainable Engineering Professor, will follow-up by demonstrating a little biochemistry magic:  a chocolate candy tray that completely disperses in water in 1 min at room temperature and the world’s thinnest plastic film.  Both will answer your plastics questions and share opportunities to address our plastics challenge.  Join us for the behind-the-scenes perspective into plastics in our on-going search for a more sustainable future.

For an interesting investigation into the plastics problem, watch a special from the PBS News Hour.

Ross A. Lee is a Professor in Sustainable Engineering at Villanova University and former DuPont chemist and then Director of Technology and New Business Development for Packaging and Industrial Polymers.



Karen Hagerman is a Program Manager at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition after recently completing her Master’s degree in Sustainable Engineering at Villanova with Ross as her advisor.