Chemical Synthesis of Stereoperfect Bacterial Polyesters and Infinitely Recyclable Polymers
Abstract: This seminar will first describe our recent and on-going efforts towards the development of efficient chemical synthesis of perfectly isotactic,highlycrystalline,and high-molecular-weight bacterial polyesters derived frombiorenewable resources. Next, the lecture will focus on the design and synthesisof next-generation sustainable polymers that not only exhibit robust physical andmechanical properties required for practical use but can also be thermally and/orchemically depolymerized back to their monomers in quantitative selectivity, yield,and purity, which can be directly repolymerized into the same polymer. Brief CV Eugene earned his Ph.D. degree from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst,in 1 995, under the direction of late P rofessors James Chien and Marvin Rausch.After a postdoctoral stint at Northwestern University with Prof. Tobin J. Marks, hejoined The Dow Chemical Company in late 1997, where he was promoted from Sr.Research Chemist to Project L .eader. He moved to Colorado State University inAugust 2000. Currently he is the John K. Stille Chair in Chemistry and theMillennial Professor of Polymer Science and Sustainability. His current research s focused on polymer science, green & sustainablechemistry, renewable energy, and catalytic chemistry. Selected recent honors andawards include: Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement ofScience, 2012; and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award,sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with theAmerican Chemical Society, 2015.