Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 20, 2009
Publication Date: May 20, 2009
Citation: Biresaw, G. 2009. Current Trends in Biobased Lubricant Development. Meeting Abstract. Technical Abstract: Biobased lubricants are those comprising ingredients derived from natural raw materials such as those harvested from farms, forests, etc. Biolubricants provide a number of benefits over petroleum-based products including: biodegradability, renewability, and non-toxicity. As a result, manufacture and use of biolubricants will result in a number of benefits to the environment, the health of citizens, and the economy. It is widely anticipated that widespread use of biolubricants will: reduce emission of greenhouse gases; reduce release of toxic waste stream into the air, rivers and land; reduce reliance on petroleum; generate new jobs and strengthen rural economy. However, successful replacement of petroleum-based lubricants with biolubricants requires overcoming a number of technical and developmental issues. In this presentation, recent efforts at biobased lubricant development from starch, protein, and vegetable oils will be discussed.