Flyer: Prof. Jia Niu Flyer
Meet the Speaker: 11 a.m., YH 3096
Title: Sustainability-Oriented Approaches to Precision Macromolecules
Abstract: Macromolecules are ubiquitous in life and in human society. A long-term goal of our research group is to develop novel synthetic macromolecules that are degradable, derived from sustainable resources, possess a circular life cycle, or can serve as functional probes in biological investigations. In this seminar, I will discuss our recent progress in homogeneous and heterogenous catalytic strategies that enable precise control over the architecture, stereochemistry, and chain ends of synthetic macromolecules. Examples of these sustainable polymers include synthetic polysaccharides and chemically depolymerizable main chain polymers. Taken together, we hope these efforts will enable the synthesis and applications of novel macromolecules with tailor-made properties for a sustainable future.