Ramani Narayan to speak at national summit on bioplastics

Sept. 13, 2022

MSU expert joins national discussion on biotech and biomanufacturing

Ramani Narayan, University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University, will speak at a high-level summit in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

University Distinguished Professor Ramani Narayan
University Distinguished Professor Ramani Narayan

Narayan’s expertise will be part of the Summit on Biotechnology & Biomanufacturing for the American Bioeconomy, which is scheduled in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I will speak about bioplastics - biobased and biodegradable compostable plastics manufacturing,” he said.

He will join Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese, Acting Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Alondra Nelson, and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan for the in-person gathering.

With the recent signing of the landmark CHIPS & Science Act, the summit will launch a new initiative and celebrate the vision, innovation, and dedication across the United States to developing bio-based solutions to global challenges that include food security, climate change, health security, and supply chain conditions.

Also attending the summit will be heads of U.S. Government agencies, Congress, industry, academic, and non-governmental leaders representing a range of bio sectors and regions of the country. The summit will include three sessions:

· a high-level roundtable with members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, and industry and academic leaders;

· a panel on biotechnology research and development to solve pressing challenges;

· and a panel on biomanufacturing for the bioeconomy.

Narayan is an internationally acclaimed leader and expert in bioplastics – focusing on the manufacture of biobased and compostable plastics. His research encompasses design and manufacture of biofiber composites for auto and industrial applications. He is involved with measurements and reporting of biobased carbon and environmental footprint using LCA tools.

He is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).

Read more at: https://www.egr.msu.edu/news/2018/03/15/getting-know-ramani-narayan