Session CT 2.1.

Design of Chemistry and Materials for an even better living in the cities of the 2050s


Smart Materials; bio-based and bio-degradable resins; light-weight structures; reduction of carbon dioxide & VOC; environmental compatible; noise reduction; chemical structures designed to be reused, refurbished, restored.


Speakers ​​

  • Symposium Honorary Lecture: THL: Steven CHU (Nobel Prize Phys 1997, University of Stanford, USA)

  • IL1: Marc A. HILLMYER (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA) 

  • IL2: Jonathan CULLEN (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • IL3: Verena GOLDBACH (Covestro, Leverkusen, GE)


Plastic is an important and ubiquitous material in our economy and daily lives. It has multiple functions that help tackle a number of the challenges facing our society. Light and innovative materials in cars or planes save fuel and cut CO2 emissions. High-performance insulation materials help us save on energy bills. In packaging, plastics help ensure food safety and reduce food waste. Combined with 3D printing, bio-compatible plastic materials can save human lives by enabling medical innovation. However, too often the way plastics are currently produced, used and discarded fails to capture the economic benefits of a more sustainable approach and harms the environment. Only smart and innovative chemicals and materials can address urgent needs to tackle the environmental challenges for a conscious and sustainable life in the cities of the 2050s. This session will provide insights on innovative nature derived chemistry and materials providing the saving of energy and reduction of emissions like volatile organic compounds (VOC) as well as CO2.