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Polymers from renewable materials

Mohd Rus, Anika Zafiah (2010) Polymers from renewable materials. Science Progress, 93 (3). pp. 285-200. ISSN 0036-8504

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Abstract

With the World facing depletion of its oil reserves, attention is being focused on how the plastics industry will address shortages and price increases in its crucial raw materials. One renewable resource is that of vegetable oils and fats and about a dozen crop plants make up the main vegetable oil-seed market. The main constituents of these oils are saturated and unsaturated fatty acids that are unique to the plant in which they have been developed. Moreover, technological processes can produce more well-defined and pure oils, and the fatty acid contents in the vegetable oils can be altered with modern crop development techniques. This account describes recent advances in utilizing such vegetable oils in sourcing new polymeric materials. It also gives the context for the development of polymers based on renewable materials in general.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: plastics; renewable; saturated; unsaturated fatty acids; vegetable oil
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP1080-1185 Polymers and polymer manufacture
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Materials Engineering and Design
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 04:21
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 03:49
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/3868
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