Anna Zhenova

Anna Zhenova
The University of York · Department of Chemistry

B.Sc., M.Sc.

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Education
September 2012 - June 2014
Carnegie Mellon University
Field of study
  • Chemistry
September 2008 - June 2012
California Institute of Technology
Field of study
  • Chemistry

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Publications (10)
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This study explores a binary solvent system of biobased Cyrene and its derivative, Cygnet 0.0, with novel properties for applications in membranes technology and bio‐catalysed synthesis of polyesters. Cygnet‐Cyrene blends have not been reported prior to this work and could represent viable replacements for toxic polar aprotic solvents. The use of a...
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As chemical legislation grows more strict and the UK moves towards a bioeconomy, acceptable solvents for industrial dissolution of polymers are growing scarce. An estimated 78% of solvent use in the EU is in sectors such as paints and coatings, printing inks, and adhesives, in which polymer dissolution is a critical function. Academic research in s...
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Short-chain oxymethylene dimethyl ethers, or OMEs (molecular formula: H3CO-(CH2O)n-CH3, where n = 3-5), have previously been studied as diesel-like fuels and fuel additives. OMEs can be produced from sustainably-sourced methanol, and tests indicate that they are not genotoxic nor mutagenic. In this report, their potential as solvents has been inves...
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With the increasing restriction and control of hazardous solvents, safer alternatives need to be identified. Here a contemporary approach to solvent selection and substitution is presented that offers a more scientific alternative to the simple "like-for-like" exchange. A new family of levoglucosenonederived compounds is proposed, modeled to determ...
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A simple binary system of compounds resembling short-chain versions of popular ionic liquids has been shown to have surprisingly complex properties. Combining methylated versions of pyridinium and pyrrolidinium bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide accesses desirable properties such as low viscosity, high conductivity, and high CO2 solubility per uni...
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The viscosity of imidazolium ionic liquids increases dramatically when the strongest hydrogen bonding location is methylated. In this work, ultrafast two-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy of dilute thiocyanate ion ([SCN]−) in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C4C1im][NTf2]) and 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium bis(tr...

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