Our research group is interested in the design, synthesis, and application of multifunctional polymeric materials and catalysts. We are particularly interested in studying:
I) polymers derived from biorenewable resources for metal remediation, adhesive, membrane, and drug delivery applications,
II) low molecular weight oligomers and (co)polymers comprised of unusual non-aromatic conjugated repeat units with unique properties,
III) catalysts for the selective depolymerization of lignin (and lignin-model compounds) to commodity chemical precursors and fuels.