Monomers and Polymers from Plant Oils

We developed a one-step method that converts plant oils into acrylic monomers for free radical polymerization (Bio-based Acrylic Monomers, U.S. Patent, 2019,  15/502,342). Resulted plant oil-based monomers (POBMs) can be applied directly in the production of biobased polymeric materials that utilize acrylic monomers and polymers synthesized in free radical polymerization mechanism. POBMs can undergo free radical polymerization, and at the same time, retain reactive sites for post-polymerization cross-linking to generate materials with advanced properties and extended performance.

Plant Oil-Based Latex films

POBMs can be copolymerized with number of commercially important intermediates including vinyl acetate, methyl methacrylate, styrene, butyl acrylate etc. as well as with currently available biobased vinyl comonomers POBMs fragments provide internal plasticization and  hydrophobization to the resulting polymers, also improve polymer adhesion. Based on the obtained results, resulted polymer properties can be adjusted by simply combining various plant oil-based monomers at certain ratios (“given” unsaturations) in the monomer feed. Especially important is the fact that new POBMs undergo emulsion polymerization process which is relevant to the waterborne polymer materials. The newly developed plant oils-based monomers might advantageously replace essential part of petroleum-based counterparts in the production of polymers and copolymers. POBMs performance of the new monomers opens wide opportunities in tailoring commercially valuable products such as surfactants, rheology modifiers, adhesives, binders, glues, coatings, paints, etc.