Pitt CRC associate director helps solve a long-term polymer puzzle

Congratulations to Pitt CRC's own Karl Johnson for a groundbreaking paper ilustrating a long-sought explanation of the molecular-level creation of the indispensable polymer polyisobutylene (PIB). Johnson, William Kepler Whiteford Professor in the Swanson School’s Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering and associate director of Pitt CRC, was PI on the project funded by the Ohio-based Lubrizol Corporation.

Left: a simulated reaction mechanism of a proton transfer from a catalyst to isobutylene, the first step in the process of PIB becoming a ploymer. (Minh Nguyen Vo/Johnson Research Group).

Read more about the PIB project at the Pitt Swanson School of Engineering.

You can learn about another Pitt-Lubrizol collaboration at:
"Understanding intractable problems:
Pitt CRC aids university industry relationship."