Synthesis of Carbonated Vernonia Oil
Polymers and High Performance Materials
The research objective was to determine whether naturally occurring epoxy functional vernonia oil would result in lower viscosity compounds after converting the virgin oil into the cyclic carbonate using supercritical carbon dioxide as the reactant. The cyclic carbonate was produced using relatively mild conditions as described in the paper. Carbonated vernonia oil retains the characteristic low viscosity of vernonia oil, and offers potential as a valuable, biobased intermediate for synthesizing low viscosity resins.
Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society
Rawlins, J. W.,
Thames, S. F.
(2008). Synthesis of Carbonated Vernonia Oil. Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society, 85(8), 791-796.
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