Synthesis of new renewable polymers from terpenes

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Large-volume, commercial plastics are derived from petrochemical feedstocks. The development of renewable feedstocks for established and new polymeric materials is gaining momentum in marketplace, as exemplified by the industrial-scale production of polylactide, polyhydroxyalkanoates, and other polymers with varying levels of renewable content. I will present our efforts to convert members of the terpene family, a broad class of naturally-occurring isoprenoids, into new polymeric materials. Specifically, I will discuss how menthol can be transformed into a low Tg, amorphous polyester with utility as a soft segment in biorenewable thermoplastic elastomers and the conversion of myrcene into a semicrystalline polydiene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society - 237th National Meeting and Exposition, ACS 2009, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009 - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2009Mar 26 2009

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT


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