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Preparation Of Polymeric Materials From Bio-Renewable Sources, Jason Douglas Smith Feb 2018

Preparation Of Polymeric Materials From Bio-Renewable Sources, Jason Douglas Smith

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The focus of this project was to develop methodologies for the preparation of novel polymeric materials from bio-renewable sources. In order to complete this task we needed (a) unfettered access to bio-based materials and ways to convert them to value needed chemicals, as well as, (b) reaction protocols that would allow greater diversity during the synthesis of polymeric compounds so as to affect the properties of these materials.

Our research group has a background in converting plant-based materials like cellulose into value added chemicals employing catalytic reactions. The polymerization of these monomers was then conducted utilizing the Baylis-Hillman reaction. The ...