Q&A with MTU Research Award Winner David Shonnard

Straightforward. Scalable. Sustainable. Our 2020 Michigan Tech Research Award winner makes
strides in recycling plastic waste.

No shock, plastic melts when you heat it up. Performed just correct, melting down plastic
could generate a round financial state that assures plastic receives recycled and reused instead
of thrown out. The particulars of melting plastic to make improvements to a wasteful major photo is
the present-day aim of David Shonnard’s investigation.

Shonnard is a professor of chemical engineering, the Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair in Sustainable Use of Supplies and the director
of the Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Technological College. He qualified prospects interdisciplinary teams studying biofuels
and environmentally friendly chemistry making use of existence cycle assessments for the two products and solutions and industrial processes. Shonnard also heads the Tech Ahead Sustainability and Resilience initiative. 

Offered the world-wide scale of plastic waste — and the reality that takeout containers, clothing,

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