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Syringol-based Monomers for Tuning Polymer Properties

Polymers can be polymerized in a controlled fashion, have a high Tg, and imparts significant solvent resistance, much like hardwood lignin

Technology Overview

Scientists at the University of Delaware have developed a new lignin-based monomer, specifically syringol methacrylate, which is completely unique in comparison to the other monomers present in the literature as well as other lignin-based monomers. Syringol’s chemical structure would lead one skilled in the art of polymers to believe that it’s too bulky to be polymerized easily, yet we have demonstrated otherwise. Most importantly, the resulting polymers can be polymerized in a controlled fashion, have a high Tg, and imparts significant solvent resistance, much like hardwood lignin itself.

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