Sugar-based chemicals for environmentally sustainable applications

Xianhong Feng, Anthony J. East, Willis Hammond, Michael Jaffe

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    Sugar-based chemicals can be used as building blocks to produce new monomers, polymers and additives for the commercial plastics and cosmetics industry. As GRAS materials, i.e, "generally recognized as safe", sugar compounds with a unique stereochemistry provide a ubiquitous platform for making cost effective chemicals and polymers. Isosorbide and its isomers as sugar derived dianhydrohexitols can be either incorporated the backbone of new polymers or converted to low molar mass additives for thermoplastics and thermosets or as specialty chemicals. As the cost of petroleum rises, the attractiveness of renewable feedstocks for producing value added products increases. The emergence of sustainable sugar derived chemicals (especially isosorbide modified products) offers attractive prospects with high potential for the next generation chemical industry.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationACS Symposium Series
    PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
    Number of pages25
    ISBN (Print)9780841226029
    StatePublished - 2010

    Publication series

    NameACS Symposium Series
    ISSN (Print)0097-6156
    ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Chemistry
    • General Chemical Engineering


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