Sustainable Materials and Product Design

The sustainable use of materials, including the (re)design of products to maximize their sustainability, is an area of immense and rapidly growing environmental and economic importance. It also impacts the greater goal of enabling a much larger fraction of the world’s population to achieve the high standard of living that technology now confers upon the residents of developed nations, without exceeding the Earth’s capacity to supply the necessary raw materials and absorb the inevitable byproducts of activities required to generate technology.

Read more about UCSB's Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability.

Alan Alda
Actor Alan Alda was recently on campus as part of a three day Alda Kavli Leadership program where he taught a session to about 2 dozen faculty members on effectively communicating science.  They participated in improv exercises and games with the goal of learning to connect with their audiences.  The article and short video clip were highlighted in the UCSB Current.
Duncan Mellichamp
Dr. Duncan Mellichamp was the Graduate Division Commencement Speaker this year.  In his honor, the UCSB Grad Post published an article about Dr. Mellichamp, highlighting some of his career and community contributions over the past 50 years.    Dr. Duncan Mellichamp - Half a Century of Service  
In this media-focused world, audiences are bombarded with messages, and are left to try to make sense of an overwhelming amount of information.  How can our messages actually cut through the clutter to help motivate new awareness, new behaviors?  Which strategies lead to a more effective use of media?  Today’s students need a sophisticated sense of how media works and what it does, to become better communicators themselves.  
Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability
Summer 2016 Fellowships   UPDATE:  We are pleased to announce that the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability Summer 2016 Fellows have been selected.  Fellows will be conducting research, participating in sustainability seminars and presenting their work at our Sustainability Symposium.  For a list of the new Fellows, please see 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellows.           
Mahdi Abu-Omar
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mahdi Abu-Omar has joined UC Santa Barbara in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering. He expects to arrive on campus in the summer of 2016. He will hold an Endowed Chair in the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability, focusing on Green Chemistry.  Mahdi comes to UCSB from Purdue University where he is the R. B. Wetherill Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering.
Another graduate-level course on Science Communication will be offered in Spring, 2016, to train students in the art and science of effective scientific messaging. The course will be taught by screenwriter and UCSB Writing instructor Doug Bradley.
A generous philanthropic gift from Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp has created a new Academic Initiative in Sustainability, with an initial focus on Sustainable Manufacturing and Product Design.
  • Organic Synthesis Using Benign Nanoreactors in Water, Dr. Bruce Lipshutz

     

  • Dr. Peter C. Ford's group conducts research on the catalytic disassembly of plant biomass into organic liquids suitable for fuels and/or chemicals. This biomass disassembly process employs the use of Cu-based heterogeneous catalysts derived from hydrotalcite precursors in supercritical methanol medium.

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