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B.S. Science Davidson College
Christopher W. Jones, Stefan A. France
Upcycling of Carbohydrates to Yield Furan-containing Building Blocks as Platforms Chemicals and Precursors to Value-Added Fuels, Materials, and Products
Cellulose one of the most abundant naturally occurring carbohydrates has been notoriously difficult to upgrade. Thus, the forest products industry has remained more focused on its conversion to low-cost platform chemicals like levulinic acid, substituted furfurals, sugar alcohols, lactic acid, phenols, and succinic acid. I will be working to open new pathways to cellulose and other carbohydrate valorization through the development and use of a variety of catalysts and new reaction methodologies.