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Plant oil renewable resources as green alternatives in polymer science

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The utilization of plant oil renewable resources as raw materials for monomers and polymers is discussed and reviewed. In an age of increasing oil prices, global warming and other environmental problems (e.g. waste) the change from fossil feedstock to renewable resources can considerably contribute to a sustainable development in the future. Especially plant derived fats and oils bear a large potential for the substitution of currently used petrochemicals, since monomers, fine chemicals and polymers can be derived from these resources in a straightforward fashion. The synthesis of monomers as well as polymers from plant fats and oils has already found some industrial application and recent developments in this field offer promising new opportunities, as is shown within this contribution. (138 references.)

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Submitted
05 Jun 2007
First published
23 Jul 2007

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007,36, 1788-1802
Article type
Critical Review

Plant oil renewable resources as green alternatives in polymer science

M. A. R. Meier, J. O. Metzger and U. S. Schubert, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007, 36, 1788
DOI: 10.1039/B703294C

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