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dc.contributor.authorPodd, Emily A.
dc.contributor.authorYung, Clifford
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Abby R.
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-15T16:46:14Z
dc.date.available2022-03-15T16:46:14Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.urihttp://dr.tcnj.edu/handle/2900/3929
dc.descriptionDepartment of Chemistryen_US
dc.description.abstractPolyolefins are durable, heat-resistant, low-cost, nontoxic, single-use plastics, which makes them a fundamental material for sterile packaging, storage, and transport. They are formed by abundant and simple olefin hydrocarbons. However, they are non-biodegradable due to C(sp3)-C(sp3) bonds, hydrophobic properties, and lack of polar bonds. Approximately 380 million tons of plastics are produced annually with 57% consisting of polyolefins. Heterogeneous catalysts are the current standard for hydrogenation of polyolefins. There are few examples of homogeneous catalysts despite them being more easily tailored through ligand design. Ruthenium [PNN] pincer catalysts show promise in recycling of plastic waste. The objectives of this study are 1) to develop homogeneous catalysts via [NNN] pincer ligands with high activity and selectivity for the hydrogenation of polyolefins under mild conditions; and 2) to examine relationship between microwave and thermal conditions to synthesize [NNN] pincer ligands.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCollege of New Jersey (Ewing, N.J.). Office of Academic Affairsen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMUSE (Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAmerican Chemical Society Petroleum Research Funden_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.titleDeveloping homogeneous organometallic catalysts for the hydrogenolysis of common polyolefins into high quality alkane productsen_US
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