VolCat: A Catalytic Depolymerization Process for the Chemical Recycling of PET (Bob Allen - IBM Almaden)


"VolCat: A Catalytic Depolymerization Process for the Chemical Recycling of PET"

Dr. Robert D. Allen

Distinguished Researcher and Sr. Manager of Materials Innovation

IBM Almaden Research Center



Recycling of waste plastics is a significant global challenge. At IBM, we've focused on catalysis and polymer chemistry, with a dual application focus of electronics technology and contributing solutions to global challenges. In my presentation, I will introduce the polymer chemistry program at IBM with a significant focus on our catalytic process for the selective digestion of PET.

Speaker Background

Robert D. Allen is a Distinguished Researcher, Senior Manager and Head of the Materials Discovery and Innovation Department at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California.
Bob studied polymer chemistry at Virginia Tech under the direction of Prof. James E. McGrath where he received his Ph.D. for his work on living anionic polymerization in 1985.
He joined the IBM Almaden Research Center Department of Polymer Science and Technology in 1985, where he was introduced to the world of photoresists under the direction of Dr. Grant Willson.
Bob was awarded the title of SPIE Fellow for his pioneering work in the development of 193nm photoresists. He is a member in the National Academy of Engineering and won the 2014 ACS Award in Industrial Polymer Chemistry and in 2015 was named a Fellow of the Polymer Division of the ACS. Dr. Allen was recently elected to the Virginia Tech College of Science’s Hall of Distinction and also received the Virginia Tech alumni achievement award.



Monday, March 25


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



6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture


Employed/postdoc Student/unemployed/retired
Early Registration  $30 $15
Registration $35 $20
Walk-in (not guaranteed) $40 $25

Lecture-only is free.



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Lothar Kleiner
phone: 650-492-9400

Deadline for registration:

End of advanced registration: Monday, March 18, 11:59 PM

End of regular registration: Friday, March 22, 5:00 PM

Dinner Selection:

Seafood - Broiled salmon with Lemon beurre blanc
Chicken - Chicken Portobello
Vegetarian - Mushroom crepes

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