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  • Oct
    11-6

    ChBE Seminar Series: Mahdi Abu-Omar

    McCormick-Chemical and Biological Engineering

    9:00 AM L211, Technological Institute

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    Mahdi Abu-Omar of UCSB.

    Host: Eric Masanet

    Title:
    Chemical Synthons and Smart Materials from Lignin

    Abstract:
    Transition metal catalysts have been an integral part of the success story of the petrochemical industry in the past century. For this century and the future, we must advance developments in renewable energy and the utilization of sustainable resources to make chemicals and materials. Approximately 1.4 billion tons of lignocellulosic biomass is an annually renewable source of energy and chemicals in the U.S. alone. The major components of biomass are cellulose, xylan, and lignin- all polymeric and contain high percentage of oxygen. Current biomass processing underutilizes lignin. We have developed selective reaction chemistries that convert lignin selectively into phenolic molecules/synthons. We have coined this process chemistry CDL for Catalytic Depolymerization of Lignin. Spectroscopic data coupled with mechanistic investigations revealed the roles of solvent and catalyst in this unique reactive-separation, which provides selective molecules from lignin. Renewable triphenol motifs (TPs) have been synthesized and converted to polymers with advanced thermo-mechanical properties that rival those from petroleum. A fully biobased epoxy thermoset has been prepared by esterification of lignin-derived TP with vegetable oil to yield materials with tunable mechanical properties and glass transition temperature. The implication and use of lignin synthons to make renewable, recyclable, and self-healing thermoset polymers will be discussed.

    Bio:
    Mahdi Abu-Omar is the Suzanne and Duncan Mellichamp Professor of Green Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the associate director of the Center for Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio), an Energy Frontiers Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. Mahdi is the Founder and President of Spero Energy, Inc., a chemistry technology company specializing in commercial production of renewable and natural molecules from biomass. He has authored more than 160 original research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His research interest is in the areas of sustainability and green chemistry through the development and understanding of inorganic catalysts. Mahdi is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 2012 and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow (2008). He chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms in 2013. Dr. Abu-Omar completed his Ph.D. from Iowa State University and postdoc from Caltech.

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    TIME Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Oct
    25-6

    ChBE Seminar Series: Vivek Sharma

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    TIME Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Nov
    8-6

    ChBE Seminar Series: Laura Segatori

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    9:00 AM L211, Technological Institute

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    TIME Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Nov
    12

    Registration for Winter 2019 begins

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    TIME Monday, November 12, 2018

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  • Nov
    12

    NU Biotechnology Networking Reception

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    2:00 PM Louis Room, Norris University Center

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    TIME Monday, November 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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  • Nov
    15

    ChBE Seminar Series: Neda Bagheri

    McCormick-Chemical and Biological Engineering

    9:00 AM L211, Technological Institute

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    TIME Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Nov
    21

    Thanksgiving vacation begins 6 p.m.

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    TIME Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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  • Nov
    22

    Thanksgiving day

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    TIME Thursday, November 22, 2018

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  • Nov
    26

    Fall Classes resume 8 a.m.

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    TIME Monday, November 26, 2018

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  • Nov
    28

    14th Annual Mah Lecture: Pablo Debenedetti

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    5:00 PM L211, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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  • Nov
    29-6

    ChBE Seminar Series: Pablo Debenedetti

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    TIME Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Dec
    6

    ChBE Seminar Series: Student Presentations

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    TIME Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Dec
    8

    Fall classes end

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    TIME Saturday, December 8, 2018

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  • Dec
    10

    Fall examinations begin

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    TIME Monday, December 10, 2018

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  • Dec
    15

    Fall examinations end

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    TIME Saturday, December 15, 2018

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  • Dec
    15

    Winter Break Begins

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    TIME Saturday, December 15, 2018

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