College of Science Lecture Series - Jeff Pyun

From Fossil Fuels Refining to Sustainable Plastics: A Surprising New Chemistry Twist


7 to 8 p.m., Feb. 28, 2024


Dr. Jeffrey Pyun
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry-Sci

Will we ever change the way we make plastics? While plastics are ubiquitous in every day life, nearly a century has past with the same processes and materials, which are now accumulating and polluting the world around us. In this talk, Dr. Pyun will discuss his recent invention utilizing alternative waste feed stocks from the petroleum refining industry to create a wholly new class of advanced plastics. This process was invented at the University of Arizona and has quickly changed the way companies and academics think about plastic production.

  • Doors at Centennial Hall open at 6:15 p.m.
  • Seating is on a first come, first served basis and there will be ample seating available for all. 
  • A local musician, Quinn Scully, will perform on stage from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • The lecture with Dr. Jeff Pyun will begin at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Parking is available across campus. The 6th Street Garage and Tyndall Avenue Garage are available for a nominal fee and are a brief five-minute walk to Centennial Hall. 
  • The event will end around 8:00 p.m. 

The lectures are free and open to the public. 

Livestream: If you are unable to attend in-person, the talk will be livestreamed and recorded on the UAZScience YouTube channel. Click here for the livestream link.