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Natural terpenes are one of the renewable sources for polymers

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The aim of developing synthetic polymeric materials from renewable sources based on sustainability has one more solution. A review reports about polymers from different hydrocarbon-based plants.

Hydrocarbon-rich based plants are one source for renewable polymers

Source: Pixelio/Awzor

Hydrocarbon-rich based plants are one source for renewable polymers

Source: Pixelio/Awzor

The Tang group (University of South Carolina, USA) now reports progress in renewable polymers from natural terpenes, terpenoids and rosin. These natural resources are a class of hydrocarbon-rich biomass derived from plants and trees with great abundance and low cost, holding much potential for utilization as organic feedstocks for green polymers. Together, these natural resources amount to more than 1.5 million tons per year in the world – their use could have a very positive impact on the industry of engineering polymers

Their review published on October 15 in the "Macromolecular Rapid Communications" details polymerization and copolymerization of terpenes such as pinene, limonene, and myrcene and their derivatives, terpenoids including carvone and menthol, and rosin-derived monomers. The future direction on the utilization of these natural resources is discussed, too.

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