Dr. Travis W. Baughman-Director of Polymer Development

Dr. Baughman joined Blue Biofuels in September 2021 in the role of Director of Polymer Development. Prior to this role, he joined the industrial work force with DSM, a Dutch company, and worked on various materials projects as chemist and engineer in the corporate labs as well as product and application development roles focused on ultra high molecular weight polyethylene and various engineering plastics from elastomeric polyesters to high temperature nylons. His 10-year tenure at DSM was completed serving as global research manager focusing on change management and global application development portfolio management.

Recently, he has focused on independent consulting dealing with materials development projects and research management functions while also plugging in to various non-profit groups trying to assess and manage the global plastic waste dilemma and ocean cleanup.

Travis Baughman received his Ph.D. in Organic and Polymer Chemistry from the University of Florida under Prof. Ken Wagener and his B.Sc. in Textile, Fiber, and Polymer Chemistry from Clemson University. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Netherlands at the Technical University of Eindhoven working with E. W. “Bert” Meijer. Throughout his education and post-doc, Travis worked on many research projects including but not limited to liquid crystalline amine-epoxy networks, fully organic photonic crystal hydrogels, designer polyolefins via olefin metathesis polymerizations, regioregular polyolefin ionomers, and modular supramolecular hydrogels for biomedical applications. These experiences resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications and patents across this wide range of technologies.

Travis is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry (ACS POLY – 2016) and recently received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the division for his multi-year tenure as Chairman of the ACS POLY Industrial Advisory Board.