core RESEARCH programme: CIRCULAR PLASTICS
We need to move away from our reliance on fossil-based plastics and towards a circular economy. Our vision of sustainable plastics involves creating materials derived from renewable feedstocks and with multiple closed-loop life cycles such as mechanical and chemical recycling or biodegradation.
As part of this research programme, we work with the plastic industry to identify current capability gaps in the properties and environmental impacts of these materials – specifically for biobased, recyclable and degradable materials. We seek to understand how to fill these gaps by, for example, exploring and exploiting structure-property relationships and new sustainable composite materials.
PROGRAMME LEADS & Research Team
- Bio‐derived and degradable block polyester pressure‐sensitive adhesives. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 59, 23450–2345 (Williams)
- Understanding metal synergy in heterodinuclear catalysts for the copolymerization of CO2 and epoxides. Nat. Chem., 2020, 12, 372–380 (Williams)
- Xylose-based polyethers and polyesters via ADMET polymerization toward polyethylene-like materials. ACS Appl. Polym. Mater., 2021, 3, 5870–5881 (Buchard)
- Control of crystallinity and stereocomplexation of synthetic carbohydrate polymers from D‐ and L‐Xylose. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2021, 60, 4524–4528 (Buchard)
- Online tracing of molecular weight evolution during radical polymerization via high-resolution FlowNMR spectroscopy. Polym. Chem., 2020, 11, 3546–3550 (Davidson, Hintermair)
- Poly(lactic acid) Degradation into Methyl Lactate Catalyzed by a Well-Defined Zn(II) Complex. ACS Catal., 2019, 9, 409–416 (Jones)
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