How well can renewable resources mimic commodity monomers and polymers?
Article first published online: 12 SEP 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 1–15, 1 January 2012
How to Cite
Mathers, R. T. (2012), How well can renewable resources mimic commodity monomers and polymers?. J. Polym. Sci. A Polym. Chem., 50: 1–15. doi: 10.1002/pola.24939
- Issue published online: 24 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 12 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Received: 4 JUL 2011
- renewable resources
This highlight discusses the recent progress aimed at maximizing the potential of biomass for commodity monomers and polymers. These efforts are no longer solely academic issues. In recent years, a variety of alkene, diene, aromatic, and condensation type monomers have utilized renewable resources, such as cellulose, lignin, plant oils, starches, and monoterpenes in commercial polymers. Generally, these multifaceted efforts involve pretreatment of biomass with thermal, chemical, or physical methods followed by a catalyst sequence that entails a combination of acid-catalysis, bio-catalysis, or metal-based catalysis. In this regard, synthesis strategies for ethylene, propylene, α-olefins, methylmethacrylate, 1,3-butadiene, 1,3-cyclohexadiene, isoprene, 1,3-propanediol, 1,4-butanediol, and terephthalic acid are discussed as well as opportunities for other renewable-based monomers. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2012