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The representatives from these companies were passionate about finding greener and more sustainable products, but they were also able to articulate the business case that is needed to move forward for a real solution.
- Asst. Prof. Christopher Hansen - UMass Lowell

Greener Materials Research Symposium

TURI symposium poster session

UMass Lowell researchers and Massachusetts industry join together at a symposium on May 10 to discuss the latest in greener materials research and collaborate on future projects. Topics include:

  • Keynote speakers Freimut Schroder, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety, Siemens AG Healthcare Sector and John Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer, The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
  • Academic researchers and their industry partners discuss their collaborative efforts to identify and implement safer alternatives for medical devices, disinfection, contact adhesives, and windshield washer formulations
  • Massachusetts companies discuss current research needs for safer alternatives

Posters and other presentations will provide additional information on research opportunities available to Massachusetts companies at UMass Lowell.

Read more in the article TURI Symposium Connects Industry with Researchers.

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Work funded by TURI grants featured at the symposium 

  • Drs Gaines and Nagarajan from UMass Lowell are partnering with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in Norwood on cytoxicity evaluation and biodegradation studies of sugar-based surfactants as an alternative to octylphenol ethoxylates for medical devices
  • Dr. Perry from UMass Amherst is working with Camco in Leominster to identify and evaluate alternatives to methanol for use in windshield washer formulations
  • Dr. Hansen from UMass Lowell is collaborating with ITW Polymer Sealants in Rockland to research safer solvents for use in the company‚Äôs contact adhesive products
  • Dr. Goodyear from UMass Lowell is working with MD Stetson in Randolph to determine the effectiveness of cleaning versus disinfection