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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.

 2021 in brief

  • 15/12: The results of our collaboration with the Parker group, on the modelling of O2 diffusion in bulk PET and PEF has been published in Macromolecules! Well done Jasmine!

  • 19/11: We've launched iCAST, the Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies!

  • 27/10: Our recent work on xylose-based polymers with polyethylene like properties is now published in ACS Applied Polymer Materials. Well done Marco and Jasmine.

  • 26/10: The result of our collaboration with the Hintermair group, on the importance of stereogenic metal centres in Noyori-Ikariya catalysts, is now published in ACS Catalysis

  • 01/10: The group welcomes Donatella, Emily and Lauren for their Masters final year research project.

  • 15/07: New paper on the ROCOP of a sugar-derived oxetane with CS2. The resulting polymers can be recycled back to monomer or degraded under UV. Now out in Polymer Chemistry.

  • 18/05: New publication on xylose-based polyesters made by ring-opening copolymerization of oxetanes and anhydride now out in Macromolecules. Well done Thom and Ella!

  • 12/04: Welcome to Fannie who joins us to work on a project funded by NERC, to investigate the environmental impact of bio-derived polymers.

  • 23/02: New publication on sugar-derived polyethers and stereocomplexation now out in  Angewandte Chemie (Open Access).

Polymers from xylose

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Polymers from sugar and CO2

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Join the team

October 2022 PhD project:
Bio-derived materials with enhanced properties: controlling the composition of bioderived polymers through automation and machine learning

 
To know more, please check our current opportunities. We are also keen to support funding applications for researchers to join our team. 

Do not hesitate to get in touch by email.