|Name||Ms. Jessica Thomas|
|Organization or Institution||University of Florida|
An Alternative to Commercial Plastics: Extraction and Polymerization of a Biorenewable Monomer
Steven Shen, Jessica A. Thomas, Stephen A. Miller
University of Florida
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.