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Itaconic acid – a versatile building block for renewable polyesters

Thursday, 19 May 2016

German researchers from Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI have reviewed the most relevant work in the field of polyesters derived from itaconic acid and identified the potential for further research in this area.

Itaconic acid – a versatile building block for renewable polyesters. Source: by-studio/Fotolia.com

Itaconic acid – a versatile building block for renewable polyesters. Source: by-studio/Fotolia.com

The increased implementation of renewable resources in the chemical industry is mainly driven by environmental reasons. However, as a rather underestimated side-effect of this development, new chemical building blocks have become available, which are not economically accessible from petrochemical sources.

Itaconic acid has gained considerable attention

In this respect, itaconic acid has gained considerable attention, as it is biotechnologically produced from carbohydrates on an industrial scale. Its trifunctional structure allows for the synthesis of new polymers, like polyitaconates or related co-polymers which have been extensively studied in the past. Polyesters derived from this unsaturated dicarboxylic acid on the other hand have only recently started to gain interest, despite myriad potential applications, such as UV-curing resins for coatings, inks or adhesives or thermally curing compositions to name but a few. This work aims to review the most relevant work in the field of polyesters derived from itaconic acid and to show the unique properties of these materials and identify the potential for further research in this area.

The study is published in: Green Chemistry, Issue 10, 2016.

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