Sustainable Polymers

Research efforts that focus on routes toward the generation of renewable polymers, and ultimately sustainable materials, are paramount. Furthermore, proposed efforts (and the knowledge gained from those efforts) should not only inform the synthesis of renewable material but also afford approaches to the low-cost production of renewable material exhibiting performance comparable to (or more advantageous than) that of material generated from petroleum. We have projects focused on developing direct and efficient approaches that exploit lignocellulose and its depolymerization intermediates in the synthesis of renewable polymers for high-performance applications including a variety of high-strength, high-temperature, energy, electronic, optical, and biomedical uses.