The research group focuses on the cleaner production of chemicals and materials for health and energy. Current research interests are chemistry of lignin and chitin.
Current research project:
We are currently studying the chemical modifications and conversions of chitin and lignin. These two biopolymers are major constituents of biomass waste but have tremendous potential as a source of aromatic compounds, healing materials and drug delivery systems. We are particularly interested in applying sustainable chemistry concepts in these investigations–for example, the use of novel green reagents/solvents in the processes.