Date of Award
Master of Science
Tong Wang, Xiaofei Ye
The overall objective of the present work is to explore new applications of soybean oil based oleochemicals. Two main applications are developed; one using soybean oil, acrylic acid, and nonthermal plasma (NTP) treatment to dye para-aramids with cationic and non-ionic pigments, the other using fatty acids to synthesize waxes with bound quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC), an antimicrobial functional group, for fruit and vegetable postharvest coating. The color strength of the dyed fabric was quantified and the effect of the dyeing on material strength was evaluated to identify the optimal treatment condition. Antimicrobial waxes have been successfully developed that some structures demonstrate strong antibacterial and antifungal activities.
Metzcar, Caleb M., "Development of Domestic Oleochemicals for Coating Applications. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2023.