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Steven Holdcroft
Plastics, Basically

Over the past decades, plastics have become cheaper, stronger and more durable. So successful have these advancements been that, regrettably, 80 to 90 per cent of plastics end up in landfills. Nonetheless, plastics hold the key to our future health and welfare.

Join Dr. Steven Holdcroft as he walks us through the fascinating world of plastics and recent breakthroughs that promise to facilitate a revolutionary impact on the global energy sector, the hydrogen economy, greenhouse gas reduction and, ultimately, climate change.

Steven Holdcroft

Dr. Steven Holdcroft, PhD, FCIC, is a Professor of Chemistry, Canada Research Chair, former Departmental Chair and President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. He researches materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage. He is the author of 300 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters and numerous patents, and is the recipient of SFU’s Excellence in Teaching Award. With three former students, he co-founded Vancouver-based Ionomr Innovations Inc., an SFU spin-out commercializing materials for clean energy. For services to the community, Dr. Holdcroft has received the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Rio Tinto Alcan Award. In 2018, he was the recipient of SFU’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement.

Accessibility, Technology & Privacy


Closed captioning will be available at this event.

If you have any questions about accessibility for this event, please contact

Registration and password

A password to access this event will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
  • We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
  • We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

6:00 PM


Online event

A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.