Green Polymer Analog manufacturing


Executive Summary


This invention allows for the synthesis of polybutadiene copolymer analogs; including but not limited to ABS, SB rubber, butadiene rubber, SB latex and high-impact polystyrene. Not only are the mechanical and chemical properties of the copolymers nearly identical, they are manufactured from partially green raw materials, resulting in a partially green end-product.


Description of Technology


As a societal push for green energy and products grows the demand for green polymers and copolymers increases as well. As such, our researchers at MSU sought to copolymerize polycarbonates instead of polybutadiene in many commonly used polymers. This new processing method creates an end product that is partially bio-degradable without sacrificing performance. Additionally, the synthesized polycarbonate can be produced cheaper than polybutadiene.


Key Benefits

  • Renewable
  • Degradable
  • Cheaper than polybutadiene
  • Tunable carbon-carbon double bonds



  • Coatings
  • Encapsulation (medicine, pest control, etc.)
  • Polymer membranes
  • Packaging material
  • High impact materials


Patent Status: 


Patent pending


Licensing Rights Available


Full licensing rights available


Inventors: Dr. Muhammad Rabnawaz


Tech ID: TEC2017-0066


Patent Information:

For Information, Contact:

Raymond Devito
Technology Manager
Michigan State University
Muhammad Rabnawaz