New Monomers from Vegetable Oils
Polymers and High Performance Materials
Novel vegetable oil derived macromonomers were synthesized by the chemical modification of castor, lesquerella and vernonia oils. The castor oil derivative has been successfully copolymerized into vinyl-acrylic and all-acrylic latexes designed for use as architectural coatings. The castor oil derived monomer provides latex polymers with good film formation without the use of coalescing solvent. Furthermore, its presence in the copolymer improves dry times, and provides reactive functionality for ambient cure. In yet another phase of the investigation of novel monomers, UV curable coatings were developed from methacrylic macromonomers synthesized from lesquerella and vernonia oils. The resulting coatings exhibited good gloss, pencil hardness, and adhesion to steel substrates.
ACS Symposium Series
Thames, S. F.
(2000). New Monomers from Vegetable Oils. ACS Symposium Series, 755, 159-169.
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