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06 October 2020 I am very delighted to join the “European network of FURan based chemicals and materials FOR a Sustainable development” (COST Action CA18220, LINK 1, LINK 2)

07 August 2020 In my latest study published in Polymer Degradation and Stability (click here), a truly efficient, practical, and more environmentally friendly solvent-free synthetic route was successfully applied herein to prepare three new fully biobased diol monomers derived from vanillic acid. To ascertain their stability toward the conditions of melt polycondensation, these diols were subjected to melt polycondensation with diacyl chlorides having different length alkane bridges and also with dimethyl furan-2,5-furan dicarboxylate.
The overall conclusion is that such work is a concrete contribution towards the valorization of vanillic acid. It can be used as a support and helpful reference to highlight the feasibility of a more environmentally benign solvent-free pathway for sustainable building blocks design.
This innovative synthesis route that could be readily applied at industrial scale makes the development of fully biomass-derived plastics easier and faster, which is the real willingness of both the scientific and industrial communities.

15-17 July 2020 It is delighted to give an oral presentation at virtual Milan Polymer Days conference (MIPOL2020) about our recent work entitled: “Solvent-free synthesis of new fully biobased diol monomers through industrially viable approach: Toward new insights into the valorization of vanillic acid-based polyesters” (Click here)

16 March 2020 For first time, the synthesis of a novel furanoate polyester-urethane with vitrimer-like behavior was reported in our lastest publication published in Biomacromolecules (Click here)

04 February 2020 In our recent study published in Thermochimica Acta (click here), the effect of three different stabilizers on the physicochemical properties of the poly(ethylene 2,5-furan dicarboxylate) (PEF) biobased polyester have been studied for the first time.

25 September 2019 My recent paper published in Polymer Degradation and Stability (click here), describing an effective solution for overcoming the low glass transition temperature (Tg) of poly(hexamethylene 2,5-furan dicarboxylate) (PHF), is proposed that uses isosorbide as a bicyclic rigid diol comonomer. Such kind of copolymers developed herein, which combines both the sustainability and improved thermal performance, is highly desired…

12 February 2019 Our recent study, published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, spotlighted a successful synthesis of a novel series of biobased poly(decamethylene-co-isosorbide 2,5-furandicarboxylate)s copolyesters from dimethylfuran-2,5-dicarboxylate, isosorbide, and 1,10-decanediol by melt polycondensation. These prepared materials revealed high sensistivity to the biodegradation process in soil, in addition to superior mechanical properties. Taking advantage of their features, PDIsFs have the potential to serve as promising and innovative biobased polymers for practical applications such as ecofriendly and sustainable plastic packaging.

10 February 2018 In this paper published in Polymer Degradation and Stability, we successfully synthesized by melt polycondensation a biobased Furanoate series of random poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol-co-isosorbide 2,5-furandicarboxylate)s (PCIsFs) copolyesters. The prepared copolyesters showed good thermal stability. The efficiency of isosorbide insertion into polymer backbone was proved to be efficient route to enhance the thermal properties, for example significant increase in Tg, as well as to control the crystallinity and crystallization rate for PCIsFs copolyesters. It is noteworthy that, thanks to isosorbide, a correlation between PCIsFs chemical structure and their crystal structure and thermal characteristics were found…

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