Doctoral Dissertations


Part 1. A comparison of enantioselective uptake and degradation of chiral pesticides through biotic and abiotic processes in the aquatic environment; and Part 2. Development of a soybean oil based epoxy resin system and its application in composite material fabrication and Part 3. Development of an environmentally benign process for the recovery of scrap polystyrene.


Part 1. "The present study was initiated to monitor the enantiomeric ratios of pesticide residues in aquatic organisms and determine trends in their environmental persistence as a function of time."--Abstract, page iii. Part 2. "The current study investigates the development of effective epoxy resin systems using derivatives of soy oil"--Abstract, page iii. Part 3. "The process described here involves dissolving polystyrene foam in a solution of fatty acid esters derived from seed oils, such a soybean oil. The resulting solution can be used as a raw material for a variety of products and processes including, but not limited to, additional polymerization forming interpenetrating polymer networks, coatings, cleansers, viscosity selective lubricants, additives for resin systems used in composite materials, and treatments for lumber products.--Abstract, page iii.



Degree Name

Ph. D. in Chemistry


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2003


ix, 108 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2003 Michael Fred Maples, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Citation

File Type




Subject Headings

Persistent pollutants -- Environmental aspects
Epoxy resins
Recycled products

Thesis Number

T 8269

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