Our research group works at the interface of chemistry and chemical engineering. We create the science for providing renewable and recyclable alternatives to materials made from petro-chemicals. Polymers have provided humanity with tremendous benefits from food preservation through packaging to impressive fuel efficiency because of light weight advantage. However, a growing plastics waste problem is requiring creative chemistry to provide recyclable materials and chemical upcycling of currently in use plastics, polyolefins.


A common theme in our research group is catalyst design based on understanding of mechanisms on the molecular scale. Graduate students and postdocs in the group are given the freedom to tailor their own projects and are encouraged to collaborate with faculty and peers in other research groups on campus with whom we share common scientific interests.

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July 11, 2022
Congratulations to our newest Ph.D.,  Dr. Danny Zeng!
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June 14, 2022
Congratulations to Jack Hopper for receiving the 2022 Outstanding Service to the Department Award!
June 14, 2022
Congratulations to Melissa Sanchez for receiving the 2022 DeWolfe Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in Organic Chemistry Award!
March 20, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Abu-Omar for receiving the 2022 ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry!
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