2017 Winter Talk (Jeannette M. Garcia, IBM)

“Engineering Polymers from Secondhand Materials: Plastics as a resource for chemistry & the development of revertible thermosets”

Jeannette M. Garcia, PhD, Researcher in Materials, Polymer Synthesis and Characterization, IBM Almaden Research Center

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 4:30 P.M.

Herrin T175

Reception (food & drinks) to follow


​It is estimated that ~150 million tons of plastics are produced annually worldwide. However, in the US, less than 10% of polymers are recycled due to inefficient recycling methods. Therefore, a need for the re-purposing of polymer waste and alternate recycling technologies has arisen. This talk will focus on using waste polycarbonates and polyethylene terephthalate as monomer sources for the synthesis of value-added materials with improved thermal and mechanical properties. Experimental methods and conditions for depolymerization of polymers and repolymerization as well as computational modeling for the reactions will be discussed.


Dr. Garcia is one of MIT Tech Review’s 2015 35 Innovators Under 35, one of Business Insider’s 17 IBM Research Rock Stars, and the recipient of the Individual World Technology Award in Materials. She has authored over 28 papers, has over 70 patents granted and pending and is an IBM Master Inventor. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American.

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