Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing

Building greener materials

Our world is blessed and cursed with innovations based in polymer chemistry that have provided novel plastics at a current level of 600 billion pounds per year. These plastics enhance our lives while accumulating in our environment. Biology provides both the inspiration as well as an expanded toolbox for the design of renewable monomers and polymers to address the problem of plastic waste.

The Biodesign Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing will integrate the concepts of green chemistry and sustainable engineering practices across the continuum of materials innovation to provide the products we need for a sustainable life. Efforts will utilize additive manufacturing processes and focus on multiphase systems. The center will embrace a “molecules to manufacturing” paradigm to catalyze innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.




Tim Long, PhD


Tim Long’s interests span structure-property-processing relationships for polymers with a focus on multiphase systems. His most recent research efforts address the need for tailored advanced macromolecules for advanced manufacturing (3D printing), including vat photopolymerization, direct-ink-write printing, selective laser sintering, powder bed fusion, and extrusion. This research has led to new families of engineering polymers, photo-reactive polymers, tissue scaffolds and enzyme delivery systems.

Opportunities and collaborations

Our center is new and growing at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. We are located in Biodesign C, part of an award-winning laboratory that is the research home to scientists from a variety of fields, including computer science, biology, engineering, chemistry and more.

For further information about the Biodesign Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing or active candidate searches or research collaborations, please contact Tim Long.

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