Linopol-Team: Valentin Gala Marti, Anna Coenen, Jan Drönner, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schörken, Prof. Dr. Matthias Eisenacher (f.l.t.r.) ©Michael Bause/TH Köln

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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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.