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Sugar-based chemicals book chapter by NJIT professor takes ACS kudos
Date:6/21/2011

NJIT Research Professor Mike Jaffe's recent book chapter about sugar-based chemicals is topping the American Chemical Society (ACS) book series' must-read list. "Sugar-Based Chemicals for Environmentally Sustainable Applications" appeared in the most recent ACS Symposium Series http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2010-1061.ch001 and is racking up kudos. Co-authors were Xianhong Feng, a doctoral student and research professors A. J. East and W. Hammond, all at NJIT.

The popularity stems from the topic, an overview of isosorbide and its potential role creating polymers and small molecules. The chapter features new and better ways to replace the dreaded bisphenol A (BPA) in manufacturing processes.

In 2009, Jaffe's team was awarded a patent (#7,619,056, issued 11/17/2009) for a chemical derived from sugar. The new material uses a corn byproduct, isosorbide, to create a derivative that can be used to replace bisphenol A (BPA) in epoxy resins. Such resins are used in a number of adhesives and coatings of consumer products, including those used in the lining of tin cans. The researchers recently received another patent (#7,947,785, issued 5/24/2011) to compliment the earlier one.

"The new patent will help create a less toxic epoxy resin," said Jaffe. Such resins are polymers widely used as adhesives, paints and coatings to protect food in cans.

Jaffe has been developing sugar-based materials in conjunction with the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) in an effort to promote and create new, commercially attractive, sustainable chemistries from wider uses of corn. This new sugar derivative can be obtained from corn. The two patents are part of a series filed by the ICPB and NJIT to develop applications and markets for sugar-based chemistry.

"Renewable materials made from corn are gaining ground for new industrial plastics markets," said Rod Wil
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Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu
973-596-3436
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

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