Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP)

Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP)

Director

Aaron Sadow


Lead Institution

Ames Laboratory


Class

2020-2024


Mission

To uncover macromolecular and catalytic phenomena at the interface of molecular-scale chemistry and mesoscale materials science to enable upcycling of energy-rich plastics.


Research Topics

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), polymer upcycling, bio-inspired, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, Interface (solid/solid), mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems)


Systems Studied

Systems: oxide, polymer, molecules, porous

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, inorganic/inorganic, liquid/solid

Nanostructured: 2D, 3D


Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, high-throughput screening methods, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning


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Partner Institutions

  • Ames Laboratory
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Cornell University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of South Carolina
 

BES Staff Contact

Viviane Schwartz; Chris Bradley