Chemical Sciences

Chemical synthesis using biomass-derived building blocks

Supervisor

Associate Professor Jonathan Sperry

Faculty of Science

Project code: SCI032

The global chemistry community must reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and employ molecules derived from biorenewable sources in the production of society enhancing chemicals. This project will investigate the synthesis of fine chemicals, such as natural products and pharmaceutical intermediates, from building blocks derived from renewable biomass (cellulose and chitin).

Mechanochemical Synthesis

Supervisor

Associate Professor Jonathan Sperry

Faculty of Science

Project code: SCI033

Solvent waste from the chemical industry is an enormous financial and environmental burden and the greatest opportunity for positive financial and environmental impact within the chemical industry comes from waste minimizing improvements to existing, traditional chemical production processes. One potential solution to this issue is to synthesise valuable compounds in the solid state using mechanochemistry, an unexplored technique in chemical synthesis. In this project, the mechanochemical synthesis of medicinally important heterocycles and pharmaceutical motifs will be developed, with the aim to eliminate solvent from these processes.