Status & R&D in
Sustainable Plastics

March 31st – Noon to 2PM EST

Thank you to all participants who joined us at Filitalia’s Science Symposium, the first in a series of three seminars. The Symposium focused on sustainable plastics, and featured three speakers experienced in the field: Professor Agnese Abate, Professor Annamaria Celli, and Dr. Ilker Bayer. Watch the recap of the Symposium below and learn more about the world of sustainable plastics!

Dr. Agnese Abate
Advanced Placement Chemistry Teacher, Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, PA

Introduction to Plastics

Dr. Abate is an AP Chemistry and Science teacher at Malvern Prep School. She is also Science National Honors Society Coordinator and has several years of experience in science research. She earned her PhD in Chemistry in 2006 from Politecnico of Milan, Italy. She also serves as Assistant Professor at Temple University where she conducts research in the field of Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Abate worked for many years in the field of fragrances, use of polymers in organic synthesis and their direct application in products.

Prof. Annamaria Celli
Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy.

An Overview on Sustainable Plastics Characteristics, Management and Research Trends

Prof. Celli holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from University of Bologna, works in the field of synthesis and characterization of bio-polymers, mainly derived from biomass through the exploitation of agro-industry by-products and agro-food waste, and in the development of strategies for a sustainable end of life of plastic.

Dr. Ilker Bayer
Staff Scientist, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy.

Sustainable Alternatives to Plastics: History of Bioplastics and Future Prospects

Dr. Ilker S. Bayer is a research scientist at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) since 2010. He received his PhD in surface engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2006. He is also a visiting professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of Virginia. His research efforts are primarily focused on functional coatings, hybrid nanomaterials, and the development of bio‐based polymer composites for various engineering applications.

Organized by Filitalia International

In collaboration with:

Philadelphia Italian Consulate General

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