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Bio-based Thermosetting Polymers from Vegetable Oils

Ying Xia1, Rafael L. Quirino2, Richard C. Larock3,*

1 Iowa State University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering;
2 Georgia Southern University, Chemistry Department;
3 Iowa State University, Chemistry Department

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Journal of Renewable Materials 2013, 1(1), 3-27.


Vegetable oils are promising renewable resources for polymers, due to their low cost, ready availability, and versatile applications. Recently, increasing attention has been paid to vegetable oil-based polymeric materials due to both economic and environmental concerns. This review focuses on the latest developments in vegetable oil-based thermosets prepared by a variety of polymerization methods. The thermosets obtained exhibit a wide range of thermomechanical properties from soft and fl exible rubbers to rigid and hard plastics. Some of the thermosets have properties comparable to petroleum-based analogs and show promise as replacements, providing possible solutions to environmental and energy concerns.

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Xia, Y., Quirino, R. L., Larock, R. C. (2013). Bio-based Thermosetting Polymers from Vegetable Oils. Journal of Renewable Materials, 1(1), 3–27.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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