This course provides a foundation in the principles of environmental sustainability and the relationship of polymers and plastics to the environment. The course introduces principles of lifecycle and material flow analysis, waste management, circular design, green chemistry and engineering and renewable materials. The basic concepts underpinning recyclability and toxicity are covered. We discuss current challenges of waste management systems and future options for increasing use of secondary feedstocks. Students learn about properties of biobased and biodegradable plastics. The course also covers fate of plastics in the environment and strategies for reducing leakage. The overarching objective is to provide an understanding of environmental challenges and solutions in the plastics industry.
Pre-Req: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I, or equivalent.