Preparation Of Chemicals, Monomers And Polymeric Materials From Triglycerides


Reference #: 01141

The University of South Carolina is offering licensing opportunities for a method of making chemicals, monomers, and polymers from plant oils that contain triglycerides.

Invention Description:

The subject invention provides facile approaches to preparing chemicals, monomers, and polymers from triglycerides. Chemicals and intermediates include esters, amides, alcohols, expoxides, etc. Monomers include acrylates, methacrylates styrenics, norbornenes, oxazolines, diols, diesters, etc. Polymers include homopolymers, random copolymers, graft copolymers, and block copolymers.

Potential Applications:

Synthesis of chemicals, monomers and polymers from various plant oils regardless of oil compositions

Advantages and Benefits:

This invention is an amidation synthetic approach to the preparation of a library of chemicals, monomers, and polymers from plant oils. This approach is simple, low-cost, and scalable and provides alternatives that replace petroleum-based chemicals, fuels, and materials.


The industry approach to convert triglycerides into fatty derivatives is mostly focused on transesterification reactions that limit the variability and further functionalization of products. In addition, most polymers derived from triglycerides are thermosetting and non-processable. This invention addresses these issues by making versatile fatty derivatives from triglycerides using a simple approach. These derivatives can be further used to prepare processable polymers.

Patent Information:
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Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Chuanbing Tang
Liang Yuan
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