Plant Oil-Derived Epoxy Polymers toward Sustainable Biobased Thermosets

Zhongkai Wang, Liang Yuan, Mitra S. Ganewatta, Meghan E. Lamm, Md Anisur Rahman, Jifu Wang, Shengquan Liu, Chuanbing Tang

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Epoxy polymers (EPs) derived from soybean oil with varied chemical structures are synthesized. These polymers are then cured with anhydrides to yield soybean-oil-derived epoxy thermosets. The curing kinetic, thermal, and mechanical properties are well characterized. Due to the high epoxide functionality per epoxy polymer chain, these thermosets exhibit tensile strength over an order of magnitude higher than a control formulation with epoxidized soybean oil. More importantly, thermosetting materials ranging from soft elastomers to tough thermosets can be obtained simply by using different EPs and/or by controlling feed ratios of EPs to anhydrides. (Figure presented.).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1700009
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support from the National Science Foundation (DMR-1252611) and National Science Foundation of China (51603002) are acknowledged.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • biobased
  • epoxy
  • soybean oil
  • thermoset


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