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Route to Sustainability

We are facing a global plastic waste crisis, and we reach a point in which we can undertake only one way: change. At the Center for Renewable Materials, we are leveraging algae and its byproducts to make renewable polymers and composite materials that can be used to create commercial products. With a one-two punch of chemistry and biology, our approach aims to transform the way consumer products are developed and the way they decompose, offering relief to landfills, rivers and oceans.

Our approach

Sustainability Change-makers beyond classrooms and labs

True scientific breakthroughs cannot impact the world if they stay in the lab. Our goal is to take discoveries and materials into the world for use in everyday products. Our team of biologists, chemists, and engineers collaborate with industrial designers and industry partners to better understand consumer needs. We expand the concept of Human Centered Design to materials development, with the goal of making renewable materials part of our lives.

Meet the Team


Geisel library

August 13, 2020

Our research is featured on Reuters

Geisel library with flowers

August 6, 2020

Forging a Sustainable Future with Renewable Products

Geisel library at twilight

August 6, 2020

New Science Behind Algae-based Flip-flops