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Research Project: Increasing the Value of Cottonseed

Location: Commodity Utilization Research

Title: Novel polymeric materials from triglycerides

item Cheng, Huai
item Biswas, Atanu

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/5/2015
Publication Date: 12/15/2015
Citation: Cheng, H.N., Biswas, A. 2015. Novel polymeric materials from triglycerides. (Abstract). Pacifichem On-line program: Paper MACR #1060.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Triglycerides are good platforms for new polymeric products that can substitute for petroleum-based materials. As part of our research emphasis in sustainability and green polymer chemistry, we have explored a number of reactions in efforts to produce a wide range of value-added products. In this presentation, a review is made of the various reaction pathways utilized in the authors’ laboratories in order to produce interesting polymeric materials. These include Diels-Alder, ene reaction, heat-bodying reaction, epoxidation, and ring-opening polymerization. Many of these reaction pathways produce new triglyceride structures not previously reported. The properties of many products have been tested, particularly in lubricant applications to enhance viscosity, thermal stability, or mechanical wear. The polymeric structures of these materials have been studied via 13C and 1H NMR. Selected examples of these polymers and the mechanisms associated with the reactions will be discussed in detail.