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Plasticizers Derived from Vegetable Oils

Battelle Memorial Institute

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Technology Marketing SummaryThis technology addresses the known health issues of commonly used petroleum-based plasticizers used in polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a high volume thermoplastic material (one that is moldable and formed by heating) by providing a biobased and renewable PVC plasticizer with no known adverse health effects.  These PVC plasticizers are derived from soybean oil, but also can be obtained from other vegetable oils.Description


  • Battelle plasticizers are priced similar to commonly used petroleum-based plasticizers such as dioctyl phthalate (DOP), and the price advantage is expected to increase with time as the price of petroleum continues to increase.
  • Battelle plasticizers are believed not to have any health issues whereas phthalate-based plasticizers are reputed to be endocrine disruptors.
  • Battelle plasticizers have appreciably better exudation than and similar low temperature properties to phthalate plasticizers
  • A preferred class of Battelle plasticizers imparts thermal stability to PVC, which is an advantageous property not provided by phthalate plasticizers.
Applications and Industries
  • Flexible PVC applications such as tubing, hose, films, sheeting, cable covering, various molded parts, toys
More InformationPatent: US 6,797,753 and EP 1,294,799B1Technology Status
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