Posted: May 5, 2014
As part of an effort to promote sustainability university wide, the Center for Sustainable Materials has submitted an important new proposal to the university to provide resources to enable the Center to extend sustainability throughout the university and to expand on the critical research of the group to partially fulfill a vision of the University Strategic Plan.
Building and construction activities worldwide consume about 5 billion tons annually with considerable future growth, as the underdeveloped nations continue to technologically mature. The goal of this center, the Center for Sustainable Materials (CSM), is shatter this business model through discovery of a myriad of processes for making materials with outstanding performance, cost and sustainability. By having solutions to problems that can move the dial on the economy, environment and technology, industrial adopters will translate the technology commerce to generate world-class competitive manufacturing opportunities here in the US, thus creating a wave job growth not seen for decades. Initial work will commence on composite materials based on carbonate cement and plastics. The founding members of the CSM consist of 6 MSE faculty who have all successfully translated their sustainable materials research into licensable patents that produced startup companies whose current valuation approaches a billion dollars.