4-Part Workshop: Consider Recycling when Addressing Polymer Design and Optimization

Considering recycling more in the equation in addressing future polymer design requirements and optimization


Consider Recycling when Addressing Polymer Design and Optimization



All workshop days are from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT.

December 3, 2024
December 4, 2024
December 6, 2024
December 9, 2024

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Often, as part of materials design processes, inevitably, there is a reconciliation where various inadequacies and limitations are addressed relative to design requirements. These adaptations include changes to material composition through copolymerization, blending, physical integration and fixturing, and through process design and component design to minimize stress concentrations, etc. We will consider here the impact these adaptations have on the design lifetime and the corresponding capacity for polymeric designs to ultimately be recycled. The goal of the workshop is not to make every conceivable product fully recyclable, but to empower registrants to recognize the impact of decisions that ultimately can render a viable product more or less recyclable.


Brian Love
University of Michigan

Brian Love has been a Professor in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering at Michigan for the last 15 years. His research has focused on the kinetics of polymerization and structural evolution in soft structures, and on other implications linked to structure/property relationships in polymers and composites. Dr. Love’s research has pivoted towards polymer recycling, capture, and bypass via isolating natural polymeric substitutes derived from biomass and other plant-based polymers. Brian has been teaching part of the capstone design sequence and with that has come a larger understanding of life cycle assessment and valuing these other material substitutions. It should be an engaging and productive workshop to work through some examples and consider how we make decisions about addressing limitations in polymer features and attributes at present.

Who Should Attend?

  • Are you a plastic parts designer aiming to integrate recyclability into your designs?
  • Do you struggle to balance recyclability with performance requirements?
  • Are you worried about how traditional methods like material blending and composites might impact a part's recyclability?
  • Do you consider how assembly methods, such as physical integration or fixturing, could affect a product's recyclability?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this webinar is designed for you!

Questions? Contact:

For questions, contact Iván D. López.

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