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Greener Materials Research Symposium

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

  • Keynote speakers Jim Jones, US EPA Assistant Administrator; and Roger McFadden, Staples, on government and market drivers for greener materials research.
  • Academic researchers and their industry partners discussed the development of safer alternatives to chloroform, phenol and formaldehyde, lead and halogens.
  • Massachusetts companies discussed current research needs for toxics use reduction.
  • Industry supply chains working to promote broader adoption of safer chemicals and materials

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

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TURI Awards Grants to Two Faculty Members 

TURI awarded two new research grants for projects related to the industry needs discussed at the symposium:

  • Assoc. Prof. Nagarajan is partnering with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in Norwood to research safer alternative surfactants used in diagnostic laboratory testing products.
  • Asst. Prof. Hansen is working with ITW Polymer Sealants in Rockland to research safer alternatives to solvents currently in use in the company‚Äôs contact adhesive products. 

In addition, the TURI Laboratory is working with Savogran in Norwood to research safer alternatives to methylene chloride used in household paint stripping formulations.

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