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MSSI Research Forum - Thursday, 18 February at 12h00

15.02.2016
MSSI

Materials & Surface Science Institute

PRESENTATION BY

Professor Mark Mascal

Department of Chemistry

University of California, Davis

USA

PRESENTATION TITLE

5-(Chloromethyl)furfural (CMF) is the New HMF: Functionally Equivalent but More Practical in Terms of Its Production from Biomass

ABSTRACT

The world may not be running out of oil just yet, but there is nevertheless an environmental imperative to diminish and eventually cease altogether the burning of fossil fuels for energy production. Here, a novel platform molecule produced via the chemical-catalytic processing of biomass will be introduced and its ability to unlock renewable derivative markets (biofuels, polymers, specialty chemicals) will be discussed.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Mark Mascal received his MS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Imperial College, UK. He did postdoctoral research with Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Lehn in Strasbourg, France. He started his academic career in the UK, moving after ten years from the University of Nottingham back to the US to take up a visiting professorship at UCLA. He was appointed as an assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis in 2003, associate professor in 2007, and full professor in 2012. He was also appointed as the 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy Technology at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. His research centres around the applications of synthetic organic chemistry to renewable energy and materials, conducting polymers, medicinal chemistry, and fundamental aspects of molecular structure.

DATE:           Thursday, 18 February 2016

TIME:            12h00

VENUE:        MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED AT 11h45

For further information, please contact:

Professor Michael H. B. Hayes, Tel. No: (061) 202631 or Email: michael.h.hayes@ul.ie