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Name Ms. Jessica Thomas
Organization or Institution University of Florida
Presentation Type Poster

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


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

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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.