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New biobased resins - a real revolution?

Thursday, 11 August 2011 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal

In times as poor in exciting news as the summer months, this information took me by surprise: "North Dakota State University researchers develop revolutionary biobased technology from crop materials".

According to the US scientists the newly developed "green" resins may prove to be a "game changer" in coatings and resin technology. The materials are based on sucrose and vegetable oils, and can be varied to perform in many applications and industries such as construction, architectural, marine and electronics.

Apparently the new resins leave nothing to be desired: when cured they exhibit significantly improved properties over current biobased materials and processes, the researchers explain. The mechanical properties are said to be comparable to petrochemical-based materials, and the resins have a dramatically increased renewable material content.

There is a high demand for more eco-friendly paints, driven by legislation and consumer-demand, there is no doubt about that. But so far, there have always been disadvantages or restrictions related to the development of biobased materials - in terms of properties, performance, applications, costs, etc. So, at first sight, this new development seems fantastic, but at the same time "too good to be true". What do you think?

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