In 1996, Mark Miller founded a company making environmentally safe lubricants from vegetable oil. “We were green when green was still a color,” he said. Along the way, he learned for himself the well-known weaknesses of these bio-lubricants. He also discovered the adaptable qualities of the estolide molecule, a biobased synthetic molecule made from organic fatty acids found in plant oils. Then, investors bought an
existing firm called Biosynthetic Technologies, which had cracked the processes for extracting lubricant value from estolides. They invited him to join the team. Click on the link to read the full article.