• The Institute of Chemistry of Renewables Resources ...

    ... investigates the chemistry of the future, which is based on sustainable resources. The focus is on the chemistry and analysis of lignocelluloses and biomass, biorefineries, new analytical and separation processes and modern methods and reactions of "green chemistry".

Chemistry of Renewable Resources

The institute is positioned at the interface between organic and analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry and natural product chemistry. As the name suggests, it deals with the chemistry, structure and analysis of renewable resources. The research covers all aspects of modern organic synthetic chemistry, structural-chemical aspects and development of analytical methods. The focus is on the following topics:

  • Celluloses (chemistry, structure and chemical modification), cellulose production (pulping & bleaching), cellulose solutions and cellulose solvents, cellulosic fibers and textiles, paper and paper chemistry, historical cellulosic materials, aging processes in cellulosic products
  • Nanostructured celluloses and new cellulosic high-tech products
  • Advanced cellulose analysis (molecular weight distributions, profiles of functional groups, chromophore analysis, hemicelluloses)
  • Native and technical lignins (chemistry, structure and chemical modification), structure-property-application relationships for lignins, new non-energetic applications of lignins (binders, gels, foams), lignins as starting materials for chemicals
  • Advanced lignin analysis (molecular weight distributions, functional groups, linkage analysis)
  • New biomaterials (aerogels, functional fibers, medical applications)
  • Extractives (separation, identification, testing) and secondary metabolites in plant materials and their application
  • Chemistry and applications of phenolic antioxidants
  • Biorefineries, biorefinery analytics and novel separation and analysis methods for their complex product streams
  • "Green Chemistry" (chemical reactions that are gentle on resources and the environment, solvent-free, energy-saving and atomic-economic conversions, microwave syntheses, new reaction media).

The working group is very multi-national and involved in a variety of national and international collaborations. As services, we offer various aspects of chemistry and analysis of lignocellulosic materials and products.

Group Rosenau

Chemistry of Renewable Resources
The group "Chemistry of Renewable Resources" is concerned with the chemical structure and transformation of natural raw materials and coordinates the scientific work at the institute. The research areas comprise organic and analytical chemistry as well as polymer and natural product chemistry.

Group Potthast

Biopolymer and Paper Analytics
Research in the group “Biopolymer and Paper Analytics” covers the whole range of analytical issues related to lignocelluloses and polysaccharides, especially cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin.

Group Liebner

Chemistry of Biomaterials
The development of bioinspired ultra-light and open-porous materials, equipped with special properties, is a central topic of the research group. Applications, such as thermal super-isolation, energy storage, (bio)sensors, controlled drug release and cell culture technology are in the focus of the work.

Group Böhmdorfer

Biorefinery Analytics
The research group "Biorefinery Analytics" is concerned with the chemical characterization of plant biomass, especially in complex mixtures as they occur in biorefinery scenarios. The focus is on the development of methods for analytical separation and detection, identification of individual components and compound classes as well as chemometric methods.

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