Patric Jannasch - "Bio-based chemicals and plastics from ligno-cellulosic feedstocks"
Declining fossil resources and global warming strongly motivate a transition to bio-sources for the production of sustainable chemicals and plastics. Isosorbide obtainable from ligno-cellulosic biomass is a platform chemical with high potential. This 5-year project aims at developing innovative and efficient synthetic pathways to new "green" monomers based on isosorbide, which will be utiliied to prepare, e.g., fully bio- based polyesters and polyacrylates. The material properties will be tailored to fit the current industrial needs for competitive high-performance "green" bio-plastics for high-performance packaging, coating and engineering applications. Consequently, we will establish a new internationally competitive research group at the University of Tartu with strong competences in organic and polymer chemistry/technology. This will result in an increased knowledge and innovation base to facilitate Estonian industrial production, use and export of bio-based chemicals and plastics.
Patric Jannasch, PhD, guest professor
Ilme Liblikas, PhD, senior research fellow
Livia Matt, PhD student
Mahvish Faisal, master student