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Vegetable Oils in Production of Polymers and Plastics

  1. Suresh S. Narine,
  2. Xiaohua Kong

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047167849X.bio047

Bailey's Industrial Oil and Fat Products

Bailey's Industrial Oil and Fat Products

How to Cite

Narine, S. S. and Kong, X. 2005. Vegetable Oils in Production of Polymers and Plastics. Bailey's Industrial Oil and Fat Products. 6:8.

Author Information

  1. Agri-Food Materials Science Centre, University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

Abstract

Plastics are ubiquitous in our modern environment. In fact, plastic as a class of material is manufactured in greater abundance than both steel and paper. As the world arrives closer to the global realization of our dwindling fossil resources, however, the fact that plastics are produced mainly from petroleum derivatives has become a source of concern and efforts to utilize renewable feedstock sources. This communication provides a short introduction to the use of renewable feedstock for the production of polymers, and focuses on the use of triacylglycerol oils as feedstock for the production of polyurethanes and chemicals used as additives in other plastics.

Keywords:

  • renewable resources;
  • vegetable oils;
  • triacylglycerol oils;
  • polyurethane;
  • polymer