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CHE 598 Seminar: Bio-Based Multifunctional Polymer Blends and Composites With Enhanced Benefits

Pullman Campus - SPARK 335 Tri-Cities Campus - TCIC 221
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About the event

SPEAKER: Dr. Samy Madbouly, Materials Scientist, Physical Science Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Dr. Madbouly is a materials scientist at the Physical Science Division, PNNL. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral Fellowship (Mainz University, Germany) and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (Tokyo Institute of Technology). He served as a senior research scientist at the School of Polymers and High-Performance Materials, University of Southern Mississippi, and at the Center for Biomaterial Development, Institute of Polymer Research, GKSS, Germany. He also worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University and Plastics Engineering Technology/Polymer Engineering and Science at Pennsylvania State University. He is also employed as a Senior Polymer Engineer at Schlumberger and Formosa Plastics. He published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, 8 patents, three books, and 23 book chapters.


With the recent effort to establish green chemistry and sustainability, great attention has been devoted to replacing petroleum-based polymers with more environmentally friendly biopolymers based on renewable resources. The growing interest in replacing petroleum-based products by inexpensive, renewable, natural materials is important for sustainable development into the future and will have a significant impact on the polymer industry and the environment. In this presentation, the synthesis, processing, and characterization of different types of bio-based polymers including plant oil-based polyurethane dispersions, foams, blends, and composites will be summarized. In addition, the biodegradation behavior of some selected bio-based polymer blends and composites in soil under typical landscape conditions will be presented.  It is very crucial to understand the behavior of these important bio-based green polymers so that they can be designed in a controlled and reproducible manner to produce structural materials with desirable properties.