Welcome to the Buchard Group website. We are interested in the use of renewable resources in catalysis, in particular for the synthesis of sustainable polymers. Our group is located in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath.
2022-23 in brief
21/02: Congratulations to Emma for her first publication in ACS Appl. Energy Mater., on sugar-derived self-healing single-ion conducting gel polymer electrolytes!
07/02: Congratulations to Strachan for his publication in ACS Catalysis, on Zr catalyst systems for the industrial production of PLA, a experimental-computational study, in collaboration with TotalEnergies Corbion.
29/09: Funded by the UK Catalysis Hub and in collaboration with the Williams group in Oxford, our latest article in J. Am. Chem. Soc. on 'Solid-State Chemical Recycling of Polycarbonates to Epoxides and Carbon Dioxide'. is out. Congrats Thom and Arron!
21/04: In collaboration with the Williams group in Oxford, we report the first chemical recycling of poly(cyclohexene carbonate) back to epoxide and CO2 in Angewandte Chemie (open access). Congrats to Frances, Arron, and Thom!
06/04: Congratulations to Craig for his first publication in Chem. Commun. (open access), on UV degradable poly(lactic acid) materials.
28/02: Our work on xylose-based solid polymer electrolyte for Li+ ion conduction has been published in J. Mater. Chem. A (open access).
Join the team
2 PhD positions for October 2023 available:
1) Sugar-derived polymers for molecular recognition: sensing and catalysis
2) Innovative polymerisation strategies for the development of novel polymers and hybrid biomaterials from sugars
We are also keen to support funding applications for researchers to join our team.
Do not hesitate to get in touch by email.
Hardy, C. A.; Kociok-Köhn, G.; Buchard, A.
UV degradation of poly(lactic acid) materials through copolymerisation with a sugar-derived cyclic xanthate.
Chem. Commun., 2022, 58, 5463-5466.
McGuire, T. M.; Bowles, J.; Deane, E.;
Farrar, E. H. E; Grayson, M. N.; Buchard, A.
Control of Crystallinity and Stereocomplexation of Synthetic Carbohydrate Polymers from D- and L-Xylose.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2021, 60, 4524-4528.
McGuire, T. M.; Pérale, C.; Castaing, R.; Kociok-Köhn, G. I; Buchard, A.
Monomer Divergent Catalytic Strategies for the Cis/Trans Stereoselective Ring-Opening Polymerization of a Dual Cyclic Carbonate/Olefin Monomer.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 13301-13305.
McGuire, T. M.; Lopez-Vidal, E. M.; Gregory G. L.; Buchard A.
Synthesis of 5- to 8-membered cyclic carbonates from diols and CO2: A one-step, atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature procedure.
J. CO2 Util., 2018, 27, 283-288.
Oshinowo, M.; Runge, J. R.; Piccini, M.; Marken, F.; Buchard, A.
Crosslinked xylose-based polyester as a bio-derived degradable solid polymer electrolyte for Li+ ion conduction.
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 6796-6808.