Geoffrey Coates

Tisch University Professor
Chemistry and Chemical Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

560 Spencer T. Olin Laboratory
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-5447

Geoffrey Coates

Tisch University Professor
Chemistry and Chemical Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise
Polymer chemistry; catalysts; organic synthesis

Current Research Interest
Development of new plastics with improved performance and lower environmental impact

Distinction
National Academy of Inventors Member
National Academy of Sciences Member
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
American Chemical Society, Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success
American Chemical Society, Award in Applied Polymer Chemistry

Selected Publications
Childers, Matthew, Andrew K. Vitek, Lilliana S. Morris, Peter C.B. Widger, Syud M. Ahmed, Paul M. Zimmerman, and Geoffrey W. Coates. “Isospecific, Chain Shuttling Polymerization of Propylene Oxide using a Bimetallic Chromium Catalyst: A New Route to Semicrystalline Polyols.” Journal of the American Chemical Society 139 (2017): 11048-11054.

Eagan, James M., Jun Xu, Rocco Di Girolamo, Christopher M. Thurber, Christopher W. Macosko, Anne M. LaPointe, Frank S. Bates, and Geoffrey W. Coates. “Combining Polyethylene and Polypropylene: Enhanced Performance with PE/iPP Multiblock Polymers.” Science 355 (2017): 814-816.

Cornell Research Website Article
A New Lineup of Safe-Environment Plastics

Cornell Research Website Video
Bringing Plastics Together