The present invention provides compositions and products, such as waxes and lubricants, comprising a plurality of nanoparticles dispersed in a continuous phase comprising a vegetable oil derived material, such as one or more vegetable oils or a synthetic product derived from one or more vegetable oils. Incorporation of nanoparticles in the present compositions is beneficial for providing mechanical, thermal and/or chemical properties useful for a selected product or product application. In some compositions of the present invention, for example, incorporation of the nanoparticle component provides compositions derived from one or more vegetable oils exhibiting enhanced mechanical stability, hardness, viscosity, thermal stability and mechanical strength.
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 This invention was made with government support awarded by the following agencies: Department of Energy DE-FG02-97ER25308. The United States government has certain rights in the invention.