Polymers Derived from Plant Oil Exhibit Increased Crosslink Density, Superior Properties (RFT-318)

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Invention Summary


This proprietary technology platform involves the conversion of plant oil triglycerides to polymerizable monomers that are subsequently used to produce a wide variety of bio-based polymers, tailored for specific applications in multiple industries. There are four major attributes of the proprietary polymerization process that set this technology apart from all other previously developed plant oil-based technologies developed to date. These key features also allow major material performance advantages that enable this renewable polymer technology to successfully compete with petroleum-based polymer materials.

Key Features

  • Polymerization occurs exclusively through the vinyl ether groups (i.e. unsaturation present in the parent plant oil is preserved during the polymerization)
  • Compared to a plant oil triglyceride, the plant oil-based vinyl ether polymer possesses a dramatically higher number of unsaturated groups per molecule
  • The polymerization process produces a “living” polymerization
  • Copolymerization can be utilized to widely tailor properties for specific applications 


  • Low cost of manufacture: chemical components such as ethylene glycol vinyl ether are relatively inexpensive
  • Superior mechanical properties, including improved modulus, hardness, chemical resistance, corrosion resistance, and stain resistance
  • Reduced shrinkage upon cure and enhanced adhesion capabilities due to higher molecular weight
  • Potential for additional tailoring properties for specific applications


  • Paints and Coatings
  • Lubricants
  • Adhesives
  • Rubber Compounds
  • Composites
  • Pastics
  • Polymer Foams
  • Personal Care Products 


This technology is the subject of issued US Patent No. 9,382,352 "Polymers Derived From Plant Oil" and is available for licensing/partnering opportunities.


Henry Nowak, Technology Manager


RFT, 318, RFT318 

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