September 5, 2012

Soy oil voted best coatings feedstock

This is a very interesting analysis and bought me back to my days as "editor of oils, fats and waxes" at Chemical Market Reporter =).

According to SpecialChem's community insight on various plant-based industrial oils used for coatings application, soybean oil has the best chance of being used as a renewable raw material for commercial sustainable coatings, followed by linseed oil, castor oil, coconut oil and tung oil.

Based on 410 votes, soybean oil received 44% of the votes as the vegetable oil is said to have the highest amount of linoleic acid and lower amounts of linolenic acid and oleic acid -- therefore providing unique paths to modify soybean oil for making low VOC alkyd coatings.

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