Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Richard C. Larock
Michael R. Kessler
This dissertation discusses the synthesis and characterization of novel biorenewable vegetable oil-based polymeric materials, including thermosets and environmentally-friendly waterborne polyurethane dispersions. The thermosets prepared by cationic polymerization and ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) display a wide range of thermophysical and mechanical properties from soft and flexible rubbers to hard and rigid plastics, which show promise as alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. The vegetable oil-based polyurethane dispersions may find applications as protective and decorative coatings in many industries.
Xia, Ying, "Biorenewable polymeric materials from vegetable oils" (2011). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 10307.