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Name Ms. Jessica Thomas
Organization or Institution University of Florida
Presentation Type Poster
Topic PMSE/POLY
Title

An Alternative to Commercial Plastics: Extraction and Polymerization of a Biorenewable Monomer

Author(s)

Steven Shen, Jessica A. Thomas, Stephen A. Miller

Author Institution(s)

University of Florida

Abstract

Through simple base hydrolysis, a biorenewable monomer is extracted from plant matter, modified, and polymerized. By controlling the ratios of modified monomers and reaction conditions, copolymers with tunable thermal properties similar to those seen in commercial plastics are obtained. Identities of monomers are confirmed by NMR spectra, and molecular weights are confirmed by HFIP GPC. Thermal properties are shown by DSC thermograms.