PNNL Lecture Series: Upgrading Polyolefins by C-H Bond Functionalization

October 20, 2020

PNNL Lecture Series: Upgrading Polyolefins by C-H Bond Functionalization

The Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is organizing a series of six lectures with the focus on understanding and advancing catalytic chemistry for the upcycling of plastics. This critical area has become one of the fastest-growing branches in catalytic research.

In this series, we will focus on a broad range of chemistries that will include activation of carbon-carbon, carbon-hydrogen, and carbon-heteroatoms bonds relevant to plastic deconstruction, and on the prospects for the synthesis of renewable, biodegradable plastics. The goal is to stimulate discussion among catalysis experts with different expertise and to broaden our community's understanding of scientific challenges associated with the upcycling of plastics.

We have an outstanding lineup of speakers who will outline their scientific strategy, present their research, and set their work into the broader context of this critical area. Each lecture (approximately 45 minutes) will be followed by an extended discussion (up to 30 minutes) to allow ample time for questions and to stimulate dialog among the participants. The planned timeframe for the lectures is from October 20 through November 23, 2020, with one lecture per week.

In this webinar, John Hartwig, Henry Rapoport Chair in Organic Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, will present on the development of catalytic functionalizations of the C-H bonds of polyolefins. Applications of homogeneous systems that catalyze the borylation and oxidation of C-H bonds as a means to enable changes in properties and more deep-seated changes to structure will be included in this talk

Looking ahead:

November 2: Catalytic Conversion of Polyolefines to Alkylaromatics

November 9: Design of Catalytic Solvolysis Process for Selectively Deconstructing Waste Plastics

November 16: CO2-Assisted Activation and Upgrading of Light Alkanes

November 23: Carbo-chemicals in the Circular Economy