• biodegradable;
  • biopolymers;
  • monomers;
  • renewable resources;
  • thermosets;
  • thermoplastics


As a consequence of the depleting of fossil reserves and environmental issues, today, plant oils and fatty acids derived therefrom have a respectable status within the polymer chemistry community. However, maximizing the benefits of these renewable feedstocks requires the utilization of sustainable and efficient chemical transformations. The emergence of click chemistry concept and especially the renaissance of thiol-ene addition reaction have had an impact on the way to make plant oil-derived polymers. This highlight discusses the applicability and success of thiol-ene addition and other click reactions in the transformation of oleochemicals into monomers and polymers. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2013