Presentation Title

Investigating the effect of strategically placed atoms on the preparation of biodegradable plastic

Presentation Type

Poster

Major

Chemistry and English

Abstract

Varying the electronic properties of a supporting ligand is a common approach for optimizing catalytic behavior in many systems. In this research, strategically placed fluorine and chlorine atoms were introduced into ketoimines to assess their effect on the preparation of biodegradable plastic. Through the reaction of 1,3-diketones and amines, two new ketoimines were prepared and characterized with techniques at Pepperdine and collaborating institutions. The compounds were used to prepare ion pair aluminum complexes which were successful in preparing a biodegradable plastic, poly-lactic acid. The isolated polymeric materials had high molecular weights with moderate poly-dispersity index values.

Faculty Mentor

Joseph Fritsch

Funding Source or Research Program

Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Location

Waves Cafeteria, Tyler Campus Center

Start Date

21-3-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

21-3-2014 3:00 PM

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Investigating the effect of strategically placed atoms on the preparation of biodegradable plastic

Waves Cafeteria, Tyler Campus Center

Varying the electronic properties of a supporting ligand is a common approach for optimizing catalytic behavior in many systems. In this research, strategically placed fluorine and chlorine atoms were introduced into ketoimines to assess their effect on the preparation of biodegradable plastic. Through the reaction of 1,3-diketones and amines, two new ketoimines were prepared and characterized with techniques at Pepperdine and collaborating institutions. The compounds were used to prepare ion pair aluminum complexes which were successful in preparing a biodegradable plastic, poly-lactic acid. The isolated polymeric materials had high molecular weights with moderate poly-dispersity index values.