Graduate Student 2018 – 2023
Education: Tianjin University, China
Thesis Topic: Oxidative coupling of furan derivatives to form difunctional compounds
Research Description: To mitigate the environmental impact of plastic waste and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, we must find renewable alternatives with desirable combinations of physical and chemical properties. Recent investigations have shown that byfuran-based polyesters could afford such materials: poly (ethylene bifuranoate), for example, has shown attractive UV blocking and gas barrier properties. To scale up the synthesis of bifuran polymers, alternatives for the selective C-C homocoupling of methyl furanoate via the Heck reaction need to be found.
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