From Trash to Treasure: Plastics and Sustainability

Photo of Frank Leibrfarth pulling apart a piece of plastic.
From Trash to Treasure: Plastics and Sustainability

From Trash to Treasure: Plastics and Sustainability


October 19, 2023    
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Friday Conference Center, Sunflower Room
100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27599

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Portrait of Frank Leibfarth.Frank Leibfarth, Professor, Department of Chemistry

It is a sobering fact that science predicts by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. What is UNC doing to address this problem? Frank Leibfarth is leading research efforts to turn plastics into useful materials. Enough plastic pellets are produced in the world each day to fill a modern football stadium. While plastic improves our quality of life in countless ways, we are beginning to realize the significant environmental and societal cost of plastic waste. This lecture will provide a history of plastic production, how it is essential to modern society, and what innovations are needed to move towards a more circular plastics economy.

While this event is free and open to the public, attendees are strongly encouraged to register.

This is an in-person event.