Title

Synthesis of Carbonated Vernonia Oil

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2008

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society

Volume

85

Issue

8

First Page

791

Last Page

796