Speaker Series: Karen Frost Draths
November 8 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
‘Green Chemistry’ Progress, Challenges in the Real World
Karen Frost Draths
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University
Co-Founder and Senior Principal Scientist, Draths Corporation
Draths Corporation, located in Lansing, Mich., is building a next generation chemical company focused on manufacturing biobased materials for use in everyday products via environmentally-friendly and economical processes.
The technology platform enables the manufacturing of products that are identical to intermediates used to make nylons, plastics, and a host of other materials. Draths is unique in this capability and is different from companies that are manufacturing biofuels or targeting other parts of the carbon-based chemical value chain (e.g., C-2, C-3 materials).
PHOTO: John Frost, left, and his wife, Karen Draths, in their company lab. Credit Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times