Wang Receives 2023 Sustainability Research Award

Clay C.C. Wang, professor and chair of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at USC Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Travis Williams, professor of chemistry at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, received a 2023 USC Sustainability Research Award for their project, “Converting Plastics into High Values Chemical Using Knowledge from Rules of Life.”

“The ultimate goal is to develop a method that could be used on a mixture of plastics. Right now, if you go to recycle your plastic waste, there’s only one bin, but there are actually several different classes of plastics. There are systems that sort them, but ideally, we’d like to be able to tackle mixtures of plastics using a similar approach,” Wang said.

By enabling researchers to seek opportunities and enhancing the USC’s research strengths and capabilities in sustainability, the President’s Sustainability Initiative Award program is an example of the university’s institutional commitment to sustainability. Other PSIA awardees include projects from USC Dornsife, USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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