Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Towards Ocean Based Biorefinery: Valorization of Chitin into N-containing Chemicals

Monday 16 February 2015

Time: 10:15
Location: University of Bath, Building 9 West, Room 3.08 (maps)
Speaker: Ning Yan, National University of Singapore
20150216-ning-yanAbstract: Singapore is reputed for its delicious seafood such as chili crab. One of the major components in the leftover crab shells is chitin, which is the world second most abundant renewable organic carbon resources bearing 7 wt% fixed nitrogen. This presentation will highlight recent advances within the group on the valorization chitin into value added chemicals and materials. The essence of these transformations is to harness the valuable functional groups originally presented in chitin, to produce furan derivatives, polyols, amino sugars and so on, via advanced catalysis.

At the end of the presentation, various other projects undergoing in the group will also be introduced.

About the speaker: Ning Yan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He was recently awarded the inauguration UNESCO Green Chemistry for Life Award. Before coming to NUS he was a Marie-Curie Research Fellow in Paul Dyson’s lab in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. He received his BS (2004) and PhD (2009, under supervision of Prof. Yuan Kou) in Chemistry from Peking University, China. His research interests include the biomass valorization, green chemistry and cluster/single site catalysis.

This seminar is part of the ‘Global Collaboration Scheme’ award between University of Bath and the National University of Singapore.

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