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Our Interests

Sugar Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biomass --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------> Sugars and Chemicals

 

1. Energy efficient catalytic processing of biomass for fuels and chemical feedstock.


mechanically induced catalysis
co-products for lower fuel costs
solid frustrated Lewis pairs for hydrogenation and CO2 capture


2. d10 metal fluorescent indicators for trace and presumptive identification of substances of abuse
3. Characterization and processing of biodiesel and biojet fuel
4. Alternative synthetic methods using ball mills in place of heating (mechanochemistry)

Mechanically induced self propagating syntheses

Reaction in Mill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large-scale syntheses

Attritor

 

 

 

 

 

Research

Our research focuses on new methods for the production of biomass-derived chemicals and feedstocks

 

Process map

The rapid identification of pharmacologically active substances and their metabolites using fluorecent d10 cluster complexes

Drug Ident

We are investigating the kinetics and mechanisms inorganic synthesis through high-energy ball milling.

 

Kinetics

 

Contact Information

Dr. Richard G. Blair
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Forensic Science
University of Central Florida, Department of Chemistry
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
P.O. Box 162366
Orlando, FL 32816-2366

Phone:      407-823-0639
Fax:           407-823-2252
E-mail:      Richard.Blair@ucf.edu

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