Volume 90 Issue 3 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 16, 2012

Vegetable Oils Yield Polymer Precursors

Low-cost diesters and diols could one day replace petroleum-derived monomers for making high-volume polymers
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: vegetable oil, biobased feedstock, polymer, double bond isomerization, carbonylation

A reaction sequence for converting raw olive, rapeseed, and sunflower oils into polymer precursors could one day provide inexpensive replacement feedstocks for petroleum-derived monomers used to make high-volume polymers, an international research team reports (Green Chem., DOI: 10.1039/c1gc16094j). Led by Stefan Mecking of the University of Konstanz, in Germany, and David J. Cole-Hamilton of the University of St. Andrews, . . .

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