Marcus Reis

Mentor: Dr. Stephen Miller
College of Chemistry
 
"Research allows me to make an impact on the lives of others. A significant discovery could affect the lives of thousands in a positive way. Undergraduate research is also a great way to prepare for graduate school and a career in research."

Major

Chemistry

Minor

Sustainability Studies

Research Interests

  • Biodegradable Polymers
  • Green Chemistry
  • Renewable Feedstocks

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List
  • University Scholars Program

Organizations

  • N/A

Volunteer

  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Cycling
  • Triathalons
  • Soccer
  • Video Editing

Research Description

Green Bio-renewable Plastics from Polyanhydrides
My project is focused on creating Bio-renewable plastics that mimic and could potentially replace many common commodity plastics such as polystyrene. The starting materials for our polymers, Ferulic acid and syringic acid, are abundant in the lignocellulose of plants and could be a viable option as renewable feedstocks. Besides trying to mimic qualities of commercial plastics, we also have pathways to adjust the degradation time of our polymers. Hoping to find a balance of strength, durability, and degradation times in order to create a useful plastic that won't pollute our oceans in years to come.