In addition to being bad for the environment, the amount of synthetic polymer in the ocean continues to grow affecting wildlife and human existence. The polymer is useful in infinite ways but, are irreversible to nature, it has property to assemble with other molecules in order to tailor the material properties for specific applications that alters its degradable or mechanical properties. With the decades of the fight with plastic free environment/ decomposition, there has been the introduction of semi or fully biodegradable polymer to reduce the environmental impact. Some of the chemicals with such properties are polyesters, polyurethanes, tyrosine-derived polymers, and Isosorbide. These chemicals are alternatives to the petroleum-based estrogenic compound that are used in the plastic manufacturing process; however, have significantly high manufacturing cost. Among these, the Isosorbide is the renewable platform chemical since it is derived from the Sorbitol, which is a plant-based starch. The Isosorbide is still away from the limelight or popularity because of lack of its commercialization in many industrial applications. However, the popular application area of the Isosorbide is in the medicinal uses for the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and skin care.
The factors restraining the commercialization of Isosorbide first is the high manufacturing cost, and second is manufacturers being unable to deal with the residue in the process of the deriving polymer that if processed well could further contribute to the sustainable environment. In the same sense, the manufacturers are involved in the discoveries of standard methodologies to extract the purest form of Isosorbide form Sorbitol which actually depends on the source of raw material and the processing method used for its extraction; however, in the case of Isosorbide, the limited expertise is hindering the industrial growth of the Isosorbide. With recent collaborative technological development initiated by the giant players, the Isosorbide is now supporting excellent optical and mechanical properties, high heat resistance, chemical inertness, scratch resistance, ductility, and superb light transmission and UV-resistance, therefore, it has wide application for the industrial usage. As the Isosorbide shows potential side effects on the health, it has prescribed usage in the healthcare, personal care, and food industry, however, it has excellent mechanical properties that is leading to increase in the demand as well as usability in the automotive industry. The advanced application of Isosorbide in the area of the automotive sector with the various chemical combination replaces the usage of nondegradable plastic in the manufacturing of large design components with the aim to produce eco-friendly motor vehicles. Furthermore, ongoing research & development on the production and transformation of sorbitol for achieving sustainable energy supply and chemicals production; thus, promoting catalytic routes for the synthesis of sorbitol and conversion of sorbitol into high value-added compounds including isosorbide, and other derivatives.
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