Poster Title (Current Submission)

High Quality Polyester Synthesis from the Renewable Resource Furfural

Major(s)

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Minor(s)

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Mentor Name

Julie Jessop

Mentor Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Presentation Date

12-3-2009

Abstract

Furfural is a promising starting material for renewable chemicals and plastics. Furfural is derived from variety of agricultural byproducts, mainly corn stover. When furfural derivatives such as furan and 5-bromo-2-furfural are irradiated together with ultraviolet light, difuran compounds are formed through a photochemical reaction. These materials are the potential starting blocks used to synthesize biodegradable polymers with excellent mechanical properties and thermal resistance. A protected-difurfural compound has been synthesized in 50–60% yield. However, the initial reactants and solvent can be recovered and reused in a secondary reactor to increase the overall yield of the reaction. Continued research has focused on the deprotection of the compound, its conversion to an alcohol, and polymer synthesis and characterization.

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High Quality Polyester Synthesis from the Renewable Resource Furfural

Furfural is a promising starting material for renewable chemicals and plastics. Furfural is derived from variety of agricultural byproducts, mainly corn stover. When furfural derivatives such as furan and 5-bromo-2-furfural are irradiated together with ultraviolet light, difuran compounds are formed through a photochemical reaction. These materials are the potential starting blocks used to synthesize biodegradable polymers with excellent mechanical properties and thermal resistance. A protected-difurfural compound has been synthesized in 50–60% yield. However, the initial reactants and solvent can be recovered and reused in a secondary reactor to increase the overall yield of the reaction. Continued research has focused on the deprotection of the compound, its conversion to an alcohol, and polymer synthesis and characterization.