Sustainability Forum—Building Teams to Tackle Complex Problems

Sunday, November 25, 2012
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

Monday, November 26, 2012
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Hynes Convention Center, Level 3, 306

Sunday and Monday Forum programming was held in conjunction with Symposium G—Materials as Tools for Sustainability. Symposium G programming continues Tuesday - Thursday. See technical program listing for complete details.

This forum examined the most pressing materials challenges in sustainable development with the goal of generating serious interactions among scientists, engineers, industrial ecologists, economists and other practitioners in this diverse arena.


  • Heard success stories from leading experts
  • Learned best practices
  • Addressed complex challenges
  • Used an interdisciplinary approach to build team

Audience engagement was encouraged through:  

  • Breakout sessions
  • A panel discussion
  • Remote participation by student groups
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This event was broadcast live at MRS OnDemand.  The content will be available for re-play shortly following the meeting.

Forum Program Details

 Sunday, November 25

Practical Aspects of Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development Research

Session Chairs: John R. Abelson, Frank J. DiSalvo, Martin L. Green, Ashley White

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm

Welcome and Overview of the Workshop
Ashley A. White

1:10 pm – 1:40 pm

*GF1.01 Energy Futures and Technology Challenges
Ernie Moniz, Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA  

1:40 pm – 2:10 pm

*GF1.02 Bridging Disciplines—Taking on Sustainability Challenges
Frank J. DiSalvo, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 

2:10 pm – 2:40 pm

*GF1.03 Sustainability at Caterpillar Inc.
Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Illinois, USA

A Virtual Presentation 

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

Breakout session coordination and Break
John R. Abelson

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • *Linda Cadwell Stancin (Boeing)


  • *Marc Fry (Granta Design Limited)
  • *John Abelson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


  • *Sean Jones (NSF)
  • Laura Espinal (NIST)

Student group—KAUST (Saudi Arabia) --VIRTUAL

  • *Ahmed Mansour (with Nuha Alhebshi, Jesus Alfonso Caraveo, Mohammad Adnan Khan, and Rahim Munir)

Student group—Univ. de la República (Uruguay) -- VIRTUAL

  • *Ivana Aguiar (with Andrés Cárdenas, Isabel Galain, and Maia Mombrú)

*Will serve on panel

4:00 pm – 5:20 pm

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
Moderator: Martin L. Green

5:20 pm – 5:30 pm

Concluding Remarks and Next Day’s Events
John R. Abelson

 Monday, November 26

G1: Materials for Sustainable Development and Technologies

Session Chairs: Laura Espinal Thielen and Enrico Traversa

8:30 – 9:00 am

G1.01 Materials for Sustainable Development

Martin L. Green, NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.

9:00 – 9:15 am

G1.02 Environmental Impacts of Distributed Manufacturing from 3-D Printing of Polymer Components and Products

M. Kreiger, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, USA and , J. M. Pearce, Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, USA.

9:15 – 9:30 am

G1.03 Sustainable Semiconducting Copper Zinc Sulfide Nanoparticles

Derrick Mott and Shinya Maenosono, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan. 

9:30 – 10:00 am

G1.04 Engineering Atoms in Silicon: Building Qubits for the Quantum Internet of the Mid-21st C

David Jamieson, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm


G2: Materials for Transportation
Session Chairs: Laura Espinal Thielen and Enrico Traversa

10:30 – 11:00 am 

G2.01 Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability: Aviation Materials Advancements

Linda Cadwell Stancin, Robin Bennett, William Carberry, Peter Thompson, and Jeannie Yu, Boeing, Seattle, Washington, USA.

11:00 – 11:15 am

G2.02 Thermal and Rheological Investigation of Surface Interactions in Poly(butylene succinate) Nanocomposites

Margaret Sobkowicz, JeongIn Gug, and Xun Chen, Plastics Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.

11:15 – 11:30 am

G2.03 Novel Protection Solutions against Environmental Attack for Light Weight High Temperature Materials

Alexander Donchev and Michael Schuetze, HTW, DFI, Frankfurt/Main, Hessia, Germany.

11:30 AM – 12:00 pm

*G2.04 Materials in Use in Mobile Emissions after Treatment Systems

Chris Heckle, Crystalline Materials Research, Corning Incorporated, Corning, New York, USA.

Monday, November 26

G3 Materials Sustainability in Research Policy

Session Chairs: Marie-Isabelle Baraton and Sam Mao

1:30 – 2:00 pm

*G3.01 The Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials Initiative at the National Science Foundation
Ian Robertson, Director of the Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

2:00 – 2:30 pm

*G3.02 Sustainability in Materials Research in the EU: From FP7 to Horizon 2020

Renzo Tomellini, Directorate G Research & Innovation, Head of Materials Unit, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

2:30 – 3:00 pm


Forum II: Successful Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development Research
Session chairs: John R. Abelson , Frank J. DiSalvo , Martin L. Green , Ashley A. White

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Summary of Sunday Forum Outcomes
Ashley A. White 

3:15 – 3:45 pm

*GF2.01 Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open

Julian Allwood, Reader in Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

A Virtual Presentation 

3:45 – 4:15 pm

*GF2.02 Empowering and Engaging Engineering Students through Immersion and Discourse in Sustainable Development for the 21st Century

Diran Apelian, Professor of Engineering and Director, Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

4:15 – 5:00 pm

Discussion and Summary and Remarks
John R. Abelson , Martin L. Green , Ashley A. White

Forum Chairs

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  • John R. Abelson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Frank J. DiSalvo (Cornell University)
  • Martin L. Green (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • Ashley A. White (AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation)

Symposium G Organizers  

  • Laura Espinal (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • Enrico Traversa (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
  • Samuel S. Mao (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Marie-Isabelle Baraton (Centre Européen de la Céramique)

Forum sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation

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Symposium G sponsored in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
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