Polycondensates from biomass : new monomers, new routes, new synthetic challenges

B.J. Noordover, D. Tang, L. Jasinska - Walc, Y. Li, R.J. Sablong, C.E. Koning

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    Polymers derived from biomass form a fascinating field of research, offering novel materials with differentiated properties. Many of the renewable monomers can be polymd. through step-​growth or, more specifically, polycondensation chem. However, several challenges are met when performing such syntheses, which may be due to a variety of reasons. For example, sugar-​based monomers may be thermally less stable and​/or less reactive than conventional monomers, complicating bulk polymns. in the melt. In addn., polarity differences between vegetable oil derivs. and, e.g., starch- or cellulose-​based starting materials can cause compatibility issues during copolymn. reactions as well as during their subsequent application. Apart from these monomer-​related challenges, new and more sustainable synthetic routes such as isocyanate-​free polyurethane synthesis also require significant adaptations of the way we approach step-​growth polymn. In this lecture, the mentioned aspects are discussed and possible solns. to these synthetic challenges are discussed by means of examples studied in our labs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
    - Philadelphia, United States
    Duration: 19 Aug 201223 Aug 2012


    Conference244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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