University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, United States
The Miller Research Group at the University of Florida is focused on polymerization chemistry that converts readily available biorenewable feedstocks into thermoplastic polymers—with the specific intent of mimicking commodity thermoplastics. We use chemical approaches to innovate new polymers, focusing on the origin (birth), properties (life), and degradation (death) of eco-friendly and sustainable materials. By incorporating less-studied functional groups into the polymer chain, novel polymer behaviors can be effected. For example, water-degradable polymers can be constructed that do not require the more stringent conditions of biodegradation.
1994, BSc and MSc in Chemistry, Stanford University, US. 1999, PhD in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology. 2000-01, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2001-07, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University; since 2007, current position; since 2010, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Florida Sustainables (floridasustainables.com). Member: American Chemical Society; Triple Nine Society; Global Young Academy. 2008 and 2011 Kavli Fellow. 2010, Young Scientist, Annual Meeting of the New Champions (Tianjin). 2010, Young Scientist/Entrepreneur Partnership Award, sponsored by the IAP and TWAS. 2011, winner of the Cade Prize for Innovation. 2011, Young Scientist Mentor, Annual Meeting of the New Champions (Dalian).
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