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_____ Brought to you by United Soybean Board _____

Sustainable Polymers Derived from Soybean and Other Renewable Vegetable Oils



  September 10, 2019

  8:00 a.m. PDT / 11:00 a.m. EDT / 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST




Soybean and other vegetable oils, and their fatty acids, are attractive sources for polymers due to their worldwide availability, lack of toxicity and presence of convenient functional groups. A variety of routes can be employed for creating diverse polymeric materials from these sources.

This webinar will discuss the design of soybean-based polymers with well-defined molecular characteristics and competitive properties compared with conventional, petroleum-derived materials. Topics to be covered will include a diverse array of approaches using soybean oil and polymers. Among them are 1) tunable properties in thermoplastic elastomers derived from fatty acids; 2) vegetable oils as rubber-toughening additives for a biorenewable thermoplastic and polylactide; 3) hydrolytically degradable epoxy resins derived from epoxidized soybean oil; and 4) conversion into reaction intermediates, monomers and polymers for high-performance coatings and other applications.

Brought to you by:



Professor Megan L. Robertson,
Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
University of Houston
Prof. Chuanbing Tang,
Principal Investigator,
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor,
University of South Carolina


Ann Thayer
Contributing Editor,
C&EN Media Group