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
Lauri Vares, PhD, Senior Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry
Ilme Liblikas, PhD, senior research fellow
Livia Matt, PhD student
Siim Laanesoo, PhD student, junior researcher
Rauno Sedrik, PhD student, junior researcher
Mahvish Faisal, master´s student
Rasmus Zalite, master´s student