TechConnect Innovation Program

Degradable and sustainable thermoset polymers from sugar

University of Minnesota, Minnesota, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Two new dimethacrylate monomers derived from sugars, which are a renewable feedstock, have been synthesized and polymerized to form degradable polymers. Applications for these degradable polymers include dental composites, drug delivery and coatings.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 2

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This technology provides a “green” alternative to widely used dimethacrylate based polymers. The mechanical properties of these “green” polymers are comparable to their petroleum derived counterparts.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 716

Website: www.research.umn.edu/techcomm/

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Center for Sustainable Polymers a Center for Chemical Innovation funded by the National Science Foundation(NSF)

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners