About this event
Over the past decades, plastics have become cheaper, stronger and more durable. So successful have these advancements been that, regrettably, 80 to 90 per cent of plastics end up in landfills. Nonetheless, plastics hold the key to our future health and welfare.
Join Dr. Steven Holdcroft as he walks us through the fascinating world of plastics and recent breakthroughs that promise to facilitate a revolutionary impact on the global energy sector, the hydrogen economy, greenhouse gas reduction and, ultimately, climate change.
About Steven Holdcroft
Dr. Steven Holdcroft, PhD, FCIC, is a Professor of Chemistry, Canada Research Chair, former Departmental Chair and President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. He researches materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage. He is the author of 300 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters and numerous patents, and is the recipient of SFU’s Excellence in Teaching Award. With three former students, he co-founded Vancouver-based Ionomr Innovations Inc., an SFU spin-out commercializing materials for clean energy. For services to the community, Dr. Holdcroft has received the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Rio Tinto Alcan Award. In 2018, he was the recipient of SFU’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement.
About the Series
The President’s Faculty Lecture Series shines a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU president Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and faculty that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.
Examining the themes of resilience and recovery from a variety of disciplines, each short lecture in the 2020-2021 series will be followed by a conversation between our presenter, president Joy Johnson, and the audience.