Shropshire, UK -- Publishing has announced the release of a book called 'Rosin-based Chemicals and Polymers.'
According to Smithers Rapra, rosin is an abundantly available natural product composed of around 90 percent acidic and 10 percent neutral compounds. Rosin and its derivatives have long been used as tackifiers in adhesives, as well as in many niche applications in inks, varnishes, paints, sealing wax, some soaps, paper sizing and more.
Now there is growing interest in using rosin acid-derivatives as building blocks in the synthesis of polyesters, polyurethanes, epoxies and curing agents, the group adds. In addition, rosin-acid-derived chemicals are also used as nucleating agents, surfactants, drugs and other special applications.
Smithers Rapra says this book brings together a collection of scientific articles on recent research and development of utilising natural chemicals from pine resin as feedstock for polymers and new industrial chemicals. It focuses mainly on the new use of rosin acids, but also covers the applications of other chemicals from tree sap such as terpinenes.