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Main7 Development of catalytic systems for environmental friendly polymer platforms using carbohydrate-based organic wastes and CO₂
  • Principal Investigator: Son, Seung Uk
  • Institution: Sungkyunkwan University, Chemistry
  • LAB telephone: +82-31-290-5932
  • E-mail: sson@skku.edu

Goal of Research project

  • New catalytic systems for green polymers and furan polymer platforms utilizing carbohydrate-based organic wastes and CO₂
  • Development of synthetic processes for furan-based polymers and polymer platforms

[Research goal of the first stage]

  • Development of Heterogeneous/homogeneous catalysts for chemical conversion of CO₂
  • Development of heterogeneous/homogeneous catalysts for utilization of carbohydrate-based organic wastes.
  • Synthesis of furan-based new polycarbonate materials with Mw values of > 150,000 and Tg values of > 70 ℃

[Research goal of the second stage]

  • Development of new polyurethanes via CO₂ and biomass conversion
  • Development of thermal interface material (TIM) based on polyurethanes synthesized through CO₂ and biomass conversion

Research contents

[Research contents of the first stage]

  • 1st year:
    • Design and synthesis of building blocks for catalytic materials of CO₂ conversion and utilization of carbohydrate-based organic wastes,
    • Design and synthesis of furan polymer platforms by reduction and hydrogenation reactions
  • 2nd year:
    • Synthesis and evaluation of heterogeneous/homogeneous catalytic systems
    • Synthesis of linear carbonate-based polymer platforms and furan-based diol/polyol polymer platforms
  • 3rd year:
    • Optimization and maximization of catalytic performance of heterogeneous/homogeneous catalytic systems
    • Screening and optimization of furan-based polycarbonates and polymer platforms

[Research contents of the second stage]

  • 1st year:
    • Synthesis of new polyurethanes and thermal interfaces materials (TIMs) through the utilization of CO₂ and biomass
    • Development of polymer platforms via CO₂ conversion and biomass conversion
  • 2nd year:
    • Economical production and optimization of polyurethanes and TIM materials
    • Mass production of green polymer platform and catalyst systems

Future utilization and vision

  • Achievement of patents of new catalytic systems and transferring catalytic technologies to companies
  • Competition and replacement of conventional petroleum-based polymers with green carbon polymers
  • Commercialization of new polyurethanes based on CO₂ and biomass conversion

Sub research projects

  • Sub1 Development of functional polymer materials through biomass utilization and carbon dioxide conversion (Son, Seung Uk, Sungkyunkwan University)
  • Sub2 Development of highly efficient and selective homogeneous catalysts or CO₂ conversion and utilization of carbohydrate-based organic wastes (Kang, Eun Joo, Kyung Hee University)
  • Sub3 Development of catalytic processes for furan-based polymer platforms utilizing carbohydrate-based organic wastes (Suh, Young-Woong, Hanyang University)

Representative figure

  • Research team consists of experts on polymer synthesis, heterogeneous/homogeneous catalyst, and catalytic processes. The research teams of prof. Son, Seung Uk and prof. Song, Changsik at Sungkyunkwan university are developing new polyurethanes and TIM materials using green polymer platforms obtained through CO₂ conversion and biomass conversion.
  • The research team of prof. Kang, Eun Joo is developing homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for the CO₂ conversion to polymer platforms.
  • The research team of prof. Suh, Young-Woong at Hanyang University is developing catalytic processes for the synthesis of furan polymer platforms.
  • Ultimately, we are developing new catalytic systems for CO₂ conversion and biomass conversion, catalytic processes for polymer platforms, and new furan-based polyurethanes.