2022 Spotlight: Future of Plastics

Materials Spotlight Series

The Future of Plastics  

Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time:  2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


Please join up to 30 minutes early to network and “find a seat” as industry presentations will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.  

Presented by the Penn State Materials Research Institute, the Materials Spotlight Series is designed to create connections and spark discussions between industry and Penn State faculty and students that lead to productive research collaborations.   

The first edition of the 2022 Materials Spotlight Series will be on "The Future of Plastics".  This forum will look at the 2/5/10-year challenges for the plastics industry, such as the evolution of feedstock materials, the vast and ever-expanding list of applications for polymers, current challenges in the industry, and the demand for increased performance characteristics for polymer products.  This dynamic conversation will highlight viewpoints from three major polymer manufacturers and include technology-solution-focused flash talks by various Penn State labs working in this area.  

Company Presentations  (3  x 10 minutes)  

  • Dow – Sustainable Material Use in Packaging  - Jill Martin, Global Sustainability Fellow
  • Shell – Pennsylvania Chemicals Project Update - Arthur Bailey, Technology Manager, Pennsylvania Chemicals Project 
  • Bridgestone Americas Research - Restarting Tire Materials Cycle, Mindaugas Rackaitis, Manager for Polymer Performance Research

Faculty Presentations  (4 x 10 minutes)  

We will conclude the event with a 20-minute Q&A and networking.

We hope to see you there!