Aromatic Monomers and Polymers Derived from Renewable Plant Phenols Such as Eugenol and Iso-Eugenol (RFT-423)

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Invention Summary


Scientists at NDSU have developed aromatic monomers from plant-based aromatic starting compounds such as eugenol and iso-eugenol.  These present opportunities to use bio-based products in a variety of polymers that incorporate aromatic monomers. The result is soluble linear polymers that retain the allyl group for crosslinking reactions and incorporation of other functional groups.  One specific outcome has been the ability to produce vinyl ether monomers using a simple, one-step process. The pendant allyl group provides tremendous utility for producing functional polymers and thermosets (the figure shows derivatizations that include expoxidation, hydrosilylation, maleation, sulfide formation, amination, etherification, and hydroxylation). Finally, research to date shows that this technology provides a potential alternative to bisphenol A.


  • Non-petroleum source of highly functional and versatile aromatic monomers
  • Potential alternative to bisphenol-A
  • Diverse applications, including coatings, composites, adhesives, encapsulants, and thermosets


This technology is the subject of issued US Patent Nos. 9,546,122 and 9,630,897 and is available for licensing/partnering opportunities.


Henry Nowak, Technology Manager


RFT, 423, RFT423 

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