Inefficient current recycling processes and by-products with little value from newly designed degradable materials are problematic. Designing systems with a closed-loop lifecycle will dramatically improve the recycling process. Sugar chemistry has been well explored over the last 50 years, making it an excellent toolbox in designing sustainable monomers. We propose rationally designed sugar-based for a series of broad applications, including bulk materials (thermoplastics and thermosets) and delivery of small molecules and macromolecules towards agricultural and biomedical applications.
Emulating higher-order function that is displayed in Nature has been the driving force for many synthetic efforts. Leveraging the multitude of interactions undergone by the catechol, compounds will be designed polymerization then their self-assemblies will aid in the exploration of complex biomedical applications.
Plastics are a global challenge. Society is highly dependent upon plastics to add value to everyday life, however, the end-of-life products are highly problematic, especially when they enter into our waterways, crowd our waste streams, and produce nanoplastics that get into the environment. Commodity plastics are often made up of C-C backbones, which are difficult to break down into useful feedstocks. Overcoming the challenge of transforming the commodity plastics into practical small molecules will be a societal and environmental benefit