David Tyler, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

David Tyler, expert in the life cycles of everyday items and Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Inorganic, Organometallic & Polymer Chemistry

David Tyler

Practice Areas: Innovation, Environment, Energy, Plastic, Water, Natural Gas

David Tyler is an academic expert in sustainable materials and plastics. At the University of Oregon, he is the Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Chemistry. His research is involved with developing new, environmentally friendly methods to produce materials. As part of his research, he also studies the life cycle assessments and environmental impacts of everyday items.  His work to remove nitrogen impurities from natural gas using a sustainable process may have transformative effects on that industry. Other ongoing research dealing with light-sensitive materials may lead to new, sustainable ways to produce medicines and plastics.

Contactdtyler@uoregon.edu | 541-346-4649


Recent Media:
Saucony’s Super Bowl ad will showcase its work on biodegradable athletic shoes (The Boston Globe, Jan. 30, 2020)
Reebok's newest shoe is primarily made out of plants, not petroleum (The Boston Globe, Dec. 3, 2019)
Plastic bag ban (Oregon Public Broadcasting, March 12, 2019)
With meal kits, preventing waste overcomes packaging worry (Around the O, July 21, 2017)
Meal kits provide tasty dinners, with a side of landfill (Wired, July 19, 2017)
Banning plastic bags is great for the world, right? Not so fast (Wired, June 10, 2016)
Are plastic-bag bans good for the climate? (Grist, June 2, 2016)
5 Unexpected Causes of Pollution (Real Simple, March 14, 2016)
The chemicals in a plastic doll (The Atlantic, July 31, 2015)
Interview: chemist David Tyler on paper vs. plastic bags (Willamette Week, July 31, 2013)
Which is greener? It’s not what you’d expect (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Nov. 27, 2012)
UO chemistry professor turns beliefs about environmental consumerism upside down (The Oregonian, Nov. 26, 2012)