NJIT Physics Department Seminar


April 26th, 2010, Monday


Improved Performance Sugar Based Materials


Prof. Michael Jaffe

Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, NJIT

(Materials Physics, Host: Ravindra)


Time: Noon-1 pm with 11:30 am tea time

Room: 407 Tiernan



Sugars provide a rich, sustainable starting chemistry for the synthesis of new monomers, polymers and active compounds with well defined stereochemistry and chirality. Sugar based chemistries are attractive because they are generally regarded as safe (GRAS), are a renewable resource and can be made readily available at competitive pricing. Interest is focused on isosorbide which offers unique molecular geometry and chemical functionality compatible with many existing commercial and clinically relevant chemistries. Isosorbide diglycidyl ether variants are a potential replacement for Bisphenol-A in epoxies and related thermosets.  Of special interest is the impact of asymmetric reactivity, chirality and controlled stereochemistry in the design and performance of new, potentially cost-effective structures with commercial potential.


* Work done by Xianhong Feng, Michael Jaffe, Anthony J. East, Willis Hammond and Prahbjot Saini (Medical Device Concept Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, NJIT)