Emmert, Marion H
Timko, Michael T.
The herein presented studies seek to systematically synthesize and characterize polymeric catalysts that are functional mimics of cellulose-depolymerizing enzymes, which catalyze the first step in the production of ethanol from cellulose. The catalysts under investigation have been proposed to consist of cleaving and binding sites on a polystyrene backbone; the herein presented work is an effort towards establishing a systematic understanding of structure-activity relationships in these materials. To this end, varying polymers have been synthesized. Our investigations provide experimental evidence for the importance of binding sites for cellobiose hydrolysis.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry