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Sustainable Elastomers from Renewable Biomass

Sustainable Elastomers from Renewable Biomass
Zhongkai Wang, Chuanbing Tang, Liang Yuan
Sustainable elastomers have undergone explosive growth in recent years, partly due to the resurgence of biobased materials prepared from renewable natural resources. However, mounting challenges still prevail: How can the chemical compositions and macromolecular architectures of sustainable polymers be controlled and broadened? How can their processability and recyclability be enabled? How can they compete with petroleum-based counterparts in both cost and performance? Molecular-biomass-derived polymers, such as polymyrcene, polymenthide, and poly(ε-decalactone), have been employed for constructing thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). Plant oils are widely used for fabricating thermoset elastomers. We use abundant biomass, such as plant oils, cellulose, rosin acids, and lignin, to develop elastomers covering a wide range of structure–property relationships in the hope of delivering better performance.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00209

DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00209

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