core RESEARCH programme: BIOBASED FEEDSTOCKS
In this core programme, we will develop new ways to extract the greatest value from a variety of sustainable chemical feedstocks, for example agricultural and manufacturing waste and other emerging potential feedstocks such as plastics and seaweed. Turning these waste streams and feedstocks into value-added chemicals is a key step in developing a circular economy, and it also prevents losing their already rich functionality.
To integrate renewable feedstocks into supply chains as alternatives to fossil fuels, this programme looks into challenges such as designing effective catalytic processes, being able to work with mixed and impure feedstocks, and developing or predicting specific properties from renewable resource upgrading.
PROGRAMME LEADS & Research Team
Selective Catalytic Synthesis of 1,2- and 8,9-Cyclic Limonene Carbonates as Versatile Building Blocks for Novel Hydroxyurethanes. Chem. Eur. J. 2020, 26, 7405–7415 (Hintermair, Davidson)
Sustainable catalytic protocols for the solvent free epoxidation and anti-dihydroxylation of the alkene bonds of biorenewable terpene feedstocks using H2O2 as oxidant. Green Chem., 2020, 22, 513-524 (Hintermair, Davidson)
Polymers from sugars and unsaturated fatty acids: ADMET polymerisation of monomers derived from D-xylose, D-mannose and castor oil. Polym. Chem., 2020, 11, 2681-2691 (Buchard)
- A chemo-enzymatic oxidation cascade to activate C–H bonds with in situ generated H2O2. Nat. Commun., 2019, 10, 4178 (Freakley)
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