Bio-based methacrylate monomers: VISIOMER® Terra

2nd May 2018

Bio-based methacrylate monomers: VISIOMER® Terra




Evonik is one of the world’s leading suppliers of methacrylate monomers and offers a series of partially bio-based products under the VISIOMER® Terra trademark that offer outstanding properties in a variety of applications. VISIOMER® Terra monomers also improve the CO2 balance throughout the supply chain and therefore contribute to resource efficiency.

VISIOMER® Terra at a glance

Monomers of the VISIOMER® Terra product family consist of renewable raw materials and have been part of Evonik’s standard portfolio since 2014. “With VISIOMER® Terra, we can already offer our customers bio-based monomers with excellent end-use properties. Developing new products within the VISIOMER® Terra family is a firm component of our research. In this, we consistently pursue Evonik’s sustainability targets and simultaneously position ourselves as a reliable partner for sustainable, customer-specific solutions,” explains Dr. Martin Trocha, head of the Application Monomers Product Line.

VISIOMER® Terra IBOMA: high-solid monomer

VISIOMER® Terra IBOMA is a partially bio-based raw material for coating materials with a high solids content, which offers environmental benefits also in end use. The main component, camphene, consists of 100% renewable feedstock. Camphene is mainly obtained from pine resin, which is harvested without harming the trees. VISIOMER® Terra IBOMA enables the formulation of environmentally friendly paint resins with low VOC values, and reduces the viscosity of the resins.


VISIOMER Terra C13-MA and Terra C17.4-MA are based on raw materials derived from natural fats. They are part of the hydrophobic VISIOMER® Long Alkyl Chain Ester (LACE) Methacrylates, which provide general features like increased water and solvent resistance and high flexibility at low temperatures.

The VISIOMER® LACE monomers can be incorporated into a standard acrylic emulsion. The resulting emulsion films show a significantly reduced water absorption in comparison with a sample without LACE monomer. In addition, the whitening recovery speed of the emulsion films increase by the addition of the hydrophobic VISIOMER® LACE monomer. Therefore, VISIOMER® LACE monomers are valuable building blocks for developers to create new sustainable solutions.

For more information and sample requests please contact the Monomers team