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Q&A With Nicholas Rorrer

The new Manufacturing Mastermind series showcases some of NREL's outstanding researchers in advanced manufacturing. In the latest article, we interviewed Nicholas Rorrer, a senior researcher at NREL who studies how to clean up plastics (or rather the polymers that make up plastics). Learn why he loves polymers as well as Legos, yoga, RuPaul’s drag races, and saving the world.

Professional headshot of Nicholas Rorrer.

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