Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How Sweet It Is

At the beginning of this month, I discussed the rich number of monomers that can be used to create polyurethanes. I just ran across a new research article ($, a free review is is available) describing one such monomer that I surprisingly hadn't run across before: sugar. It makes perfect sense - sugars (after ring opening) have hydroxyl groups exposed, making them a polyol, and a partially green polymer.

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