Progress in bio-based itaconate butadiene rubber

by Liqun Zhang, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Bio-based itaconate butadiene rubber has been introduced by the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. This project was researched by professor Liqun Zhang’s team at the university. They started the research in 2008. After 13 years of hard work, a new generation of high performance and bio-based itaconate butadiene rubber has been successfully developed. Epoxy group functionalized poly(dibutyl itaconate-co-butadiene- glycidyl methacrylate) (PDBIBG) is the first class of macromolecular chain structures based on an itaconic acid resource which can realize the high value-added utilization of biomass resources and promote green and sustainable development within the rubber industry.

Itaconic acid is a promising organic acid that has been categorized as one of the top 12 building block molecules in advanced biorefineries. The specific steps for constructing high molecular weight, crosslinkable bio-based rubber with itaconic acid as the main raw material are as follows…

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