Vegetable Oil-Based Polymers

Properties, Processing and Applications


  • Niranjan Karak, Tezpur University, India

The growing need to find a sustainable, environmentally-friendly replacement for petroleum-based materials is fuelling the development of bio-based polymers from renewable resources. Amongst the most promising of these are vegetable oil-based polymeric materials. Vegetable oil-based polymers provides a comprehensive review of the research in this important field.

After an introduction to classification and polymerization, Vegetable oil-based polymers goes on to review the factors involved in polymer biodegradation. The extraction, purification and application of vegetable oils are then explored, along with vegetable oil-based polyesters and poly(ester amide)s, polyurethanes and epoxies. The book then reviews polyamides, polyolefins and vegetable oil-based hyperbranched polymers. It concludes with an analysis of vegetable oil-based polymer composites and polymer nanocomposites.

Vegetable oil-based polymers is an indispensable guide for all those involved in the research and development of biopolymers as well as the wide range of industries looking for more sustainable polymer materials.
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Scientists and designers in industry; R&DĀ professionals; Students and academics in the fields such as chemical sciences, materials science, environmental science


Book information

  • Published: July 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-710-1

Table of Contents

Fundamentals of polymers; Biodegradable polymers; Vegetable oils and their derivatives; Vegetable oil-based polyesters; Vegetable oil-based poly(ester amide)s; Vegetable oil-based polyurethanes; Vegetable oil-based epoxies; Polyamides, polyolefins and other vegetable oil-based polymers; Vegetable oil-based hyperbranched polymers; Vegetable oil-based polymer composites; Vegetable oil-based polymer nanocomposites.