Everyone knows that our raw material resources, such as oil, are limited. Reason enough to think about alternatives for a wide variety of applications. The annual production of around 400 million metric tons of polymers, for example, is still extracted for the most part from crude oil. This may soon change in this market, which is considered one of the most significant in the chemical industry. Researchers from the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences have developed a process for using linoleic acid – which can be obtained from vegetable oils by hydrolysis and distillation – as a new source for bio-based polymer intermediates. Consequently, it will be possible to dispense with the use of that black gold in the production of polymers as it will be replaced in the future by native vegetable oils such as sunflower or safflower oil.
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