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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Doing Business As Name:University of Delaware
PD/PI:
  • Thomas H Epps
  • (302) 831-0215
  • thepps@udel.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Changqing Wu
  • Aditya M Kunjapur
  • Delphis F Levia Jr.
  • Dionisios G Vlachos
Award Date:09/16/2019
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 3,699,999
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 1,300,000
  • FY 2019=$1,300,000
Start Date:10/01/2019
End Date:09/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:GCR: Life Cycle Management of Materials: Sustainable Biomass to Designer Polymer Systems
Federal Award ID Number:1934887
DUNS ID:059007500
Parent DUNS ID:059007500
Program:GCR-Growing Convergence Resear
Program Officer:
  • Dragana Brzakovic
  • (703) 292-8040
  • dbrzakov@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:210 Hullihen Hall
City:Newark
State:DE
ZIP:19716-0099
County:Newark
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:00

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Delaware
Street:150 Academy Street
City:Newark
State:DE
ZIP:19716-3196
County:Newark
Country:US
Cong. District:00

Abstract at Time of Award

This Growing Convergence Research proposal describes fundamental, high-impact studies that can enhance understanding of, and provide solutions to, the major challenges associated with the use of biomass toward generating designer polymer systems. The proposed efforts are unique as they address the physical science, engineering, geoscience, and toxicology impacts of advanced materials life cycle management through the convergence of multiple disciplines, including: ecohydrology, catalytic science (experimental - synthetic and biological, and computational), polymer chemistry, macromolecular science, biomolecular engineering, and animal and food science, to spawn a new overarching discipline around Materials Life Cycle Management. To enable the development of viable routes to sustainable biobased materials generation, the team will explore the following basic science topics: (i) synthetic (catalytic) approaches to the deconstruction of biomass; (ii) enzymatic routes to the selective and 'programmable' incorporation of functional groups to polymer precursors; (iii) structure/property relationships in soft materials, linking feedstock and depolymerization routes to polymer properties; (iv) processing protocols to generate multi-component interpenetrating networks (IPNs); (v) assays to determine structure/activity relationships that predict [macro]molecular toxicity applicable to biobased materials; and, (vi) routes to non-invasively assess lignin composition in trees/plants through dissolved organic carbon chemistry and stemflow analysis. By working on these topics, the research team plans to establish a fundamental and translatable roadmap that links environmental factors and biodiversity -to- catalysis -to- macromolecular materials chemistry and polymer design/characterization/processing -to- molecular toxicity. This project is jointly funded by the Growing Convergence Research program , the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and Engineering Directorate. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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