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Forever Chemicals or Forever Lignin?

Join us Friday, October 14 for “Forever Chemicals or Forever Lignin?,” a presentation by Kalavathy Rajan, research scientist in the Center for Renewable Carbon at the UT Herbert College of Agriculture.


The presentation begins at noon on Zoom.

Forever chemicals are commonly used in waterproofing and are called as such because they never break down in the environment and can last forever in our bloodstream.  Non-stick pans, raincoats, take-out containers and many consumer goods are coated with these chemicals. Now, they are widely recognized as dangerous because they are contaminating water resources.

This presentation will tackle the question of how to replace “forever chemicals” in everyday items –– specifically food containers.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Register today for the Friday Oct. 14 Science Forum. 

About Kalavathy Rajan

Kalavathy Rajan’s research is focused on development of bio-based products from renewable lignocellulosic feedstocks with emphasis on sustainability, recycling, and complete biomass utilization.

She earned her PhD in food science from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Professional Studies in Food Science and Technology from Cornell University.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences and a Master of Technology in Food Processing and Marketing from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Indi

About the Science Forum

Started in 1933, the UT Science Forum is one of the oldest UT organizations. Its purpose? To share the latest scientific research with the public.

Nearly 90 years later, the UT Science Forum provides an excellent opportunity for students, UT professors and the general public to learn about cutting-edge research at UT, ORNL, and other local facilities.

Join Us Friday Oct. 14 at Noon via Zoom

Join us Fridays at noon for an opportunity to discuss the latest scientific research with distinguished professors and researchers. Presentations are 40 minutes and designed for the general public. A question-and-answer session follows each presentation.

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