TRANSITION METAL CATALYZED BIOMASS CONVERSION AND POLYMER SYNTHESIS

Open Access
Author:
Yang, Weiran
Graduate Program:
Chemistry
Degree:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
August 17, 2010
Committee Members:
  • Ayusman Sen, Dissertation Advisor
  • Ayusman Sen, Committee Chair
  • Ken S Feldman, Committee Member
  • Tom Mallouk, Committee Member
  • Chunshan Song, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • ethylene polymerization
  • biomass conversion
  • transition metal
  • biofuel production
  • 2.5-dimethyltetrahydrofuran
  • 2-methylfurfural
Abstract:
I have mainly worked on two areas during my graduate study in Dr. Ayusman Sen’s group. One is about transition metal catalyzed biomass conversion to biofuels and valuable chemicals. The other is about transition metal catalyzed polymer synthesis. Chapter 1 talks about one-step catalytic transformation of biomass to 2,5-dimethyltetrahydrofuran for liquid transportation fuels. Chapter 2 discusses about direct conversion of biomass-derived carbohydrates to valuable chemicals. Chapter 3 focuses on phosphine-sulfonate based neutral nickel catalysts for ethene polymerization. And finally Chapter 4 is regards to phosphine-sulfonate Ni complex with high selectivity between polymerization of ethene and copolymerization of CO and ethylene.