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Research Project: Development of Novel Cottonseed Products and Processes

Location: Commodity Utilization Research

Title: Sustainable green polymers with agro-based nanomaterials: A selected review

item Cheng, Huai
item QINGLIN, WU - Louisiana State University
item He, Zhongqi
item Klasson, K Thomas
item Jordan, Jacobs
item Easson, Michael
item Biswas, Atanu

Submitted to: ACS Symposium Series
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/1/2023
Publication Date: 10/16/2023
Citation: Cheng, H.N., Qinglin, W., He, Z., Klasson, K.T., Jordan, J.H., Easson, M.W., Biswas, A. 2023. Sustainable green polymers with agro-based nanomaterials: A selected review. Cheng, H.N., Gross, R.A., editors. Sustainable green chemistry in polymer research. Volume 2. Sustainable polymers and applications. ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1451. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. p. 277-288.

Interpretive Summary: Many new technologies have emerged in recent years that have led to scientific advancements and noticeable impacts on the society at large. It seems beneficial to adopt the methodologies of selected new technologies in the performance of agriculture research. Two of these technologies are sustainable green chemistry and nanotechnology. In particular, multidisciplinary research (involving sustainable green chemistry, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, and agriculture) may enable us to generate new agro-based products and increase the tools available for R&D. A fruitful approach is to use nano-materials derived from agricultural sources and incorporate them into various polymeric products. In this review, some examples of this approach are given that cover several promising application areas. This work will be helpful to future researchers as illustrations of the utility of green polymer chemistry and nano-materials in agro-related research projects.

Technical Abstract: Two of the research areas that have gained a lot of current attention are nanotechnology and sustainable green chemistry. It seems attractive to use the methodologies of both areas in carrying out research studies involving polymers and agriculture. The present authors have been actively pursuing this combined approach in their research work, and a selected review is given here that highlights some of the relevant studies. A common thread in these studies is the use of agro-based nanomaterials as key components in various polymeric products. The advantages of this approach are that the nanomaterials involved are non-toxic, biodegradable and sustainable, and their incorporation often enhances the end-use performance of the polymeric products. Examples of these studies include biobased wood adhesives, paper strength agents, rheology modifiers, edible films for food packaging, nanocomposites, and fertilizer applications.