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NameMr. Benjamin Abraham
Organization or InstitutionFlorida State University

Towards Chiral, Thermo-Responsive, Hydrogels Derived from Isosorbide


Benjamin W. Abraham, Justin G. Kennemur

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Florida State University


Chiral hydrogel (CHG) materials consisting of crosslinked chiral polymer (CP) chains show promise for enantiomeric resolution. Isosorbide (IS) is a chiral and readily available diol derived from glucose-rich biomass that we are exploring as a CHG monomer feedstock due to the distinct stereochemistry on each alcohol group. This can be used to produce of a unique chiral monomer containing a pendant furan and protected alcohol with distinct stereo-purity. The resulting monomer undergoes free radical polymerization into a CP with unique optical activity and material properties. Current investigations towards synthesis and thermo-reversible crosslinking of the CP will be discussed.