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Jeffrey I. Zink Inorganic Chemistry Seminar Series: Jerome Robinson

Inorganic, Seminars

May 17, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mani L. Bhaumik Centennial Collaboratory
607 Charles E. Young Dr., East
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
Speaker Professor Jerome Robinson


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Title: Catalyst RE-Design: Dynamic, Reactive, and Selective Systems for Oxygenated (Co)Polymer Synthesis

Abstract: Polymer waste has quickly become one of our society’s largest looming environmental concerns, where an estimated 4.9 GTons of polymer waste currently exist in the environment. Central to addressing this challenge is the generation of polymers with robust materials properties that also embed or encode end-of-use. Oxygenated (co)polymers such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are naturally occurring and fully bioresorbable polymers with promising properties, yet their efficient and cost-effective stereospecific synthesis remains challenging. In this talk, I will share some of our group’s recent advances in catalyst development for the synthesis of oxygenated (co)polymers. Specifically, we’ll discuss new catalyst design strategies which fully leverage the unique properties of the rare-earth elements (group III and the lanthanides) to generate systems which are highly dynamic, reactive, and selective.

Professor Jerome Robinson

Inorganic, Seminars
Professor Jerome Robinson
Professor Jerome Robinson