Replacing Plastics: Can Bacteria Help Us Break the Habit? (Dr. Molly Morse, CEO of Mango Materials)


“Replacing Plastics: Can Bacteria Help Us Break the Habit?”

Dr. Molly Morse
CEO of Mango Materials

A joint event of the Golden Gate Polymer Forum and the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Chemical Society


Mango Materials manufactures biodegradable materials from waste methane. The Company’s end product is a naturally occurring biopolymer that can biodegrade in many different environments. Collaborations with industrial partners have led to the formulation of biopolymers for numerous applications including textile fibers as a polyester replacement and injection molded packaging for the cosmetics industry. Overall, the company is focused on applications where new end-of-life properties are desirable. Mango Materials is currently scaling up its process and operates at a wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay area.

Additional background information can be found at:

NPR/KQED article info

Speaker Background
Dr. Morse is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Materials, a San Francisco Bay Area-based, next generation, biomanufacturing, start-up company. Mango Materials converts abundant methane gas into low-cost, high-value, biodegradable materials. They believe waste facilities are the goldmines of the future and are dedicated to building closed loop, cradle-to-cradle technologies in order to recycle carbon naturally and sustainably.

Dr. Morse received her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering–with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposites for the building industry–from Stanford University, and her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. She has contributed to multiple patents, publications, and presentations. Along with other Mango Materials team members, she is currently working to up-scale the biomanufacturing technology of using methane gas to produce biodegradable materials.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Comment: Currently we plan on having this event. If it ends up not possible, any paid registrations will be refunded in full.


Michael’s at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA



6:00 PM social hour
7:00 PM dinner
8:00 PM lecture


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Walk-in (not guaranteed) $40 $25

Lecture-only is free if there is space, but please let us know you are attending. Register for the free talk-only option.



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phone: 650-361-3264

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5:00PM, Sunday, June 21 for regular registration.

Registration may close earlier than the nominal deadline if capacity is reached. Walk-in attendance may or may not be available. If available, they will be charged the higher price listed above

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Seafood - Broiled salmon with lemon beurre blanc
Chicken - Chicken breast coq au vin
Vegetarian - Mushroom crepes

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Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:30 pm

Date: June 24, 2020

Michael's at Shoreline
Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA
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