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Curing behavior and properties of sustainable furan-based epoxy/anhydride resins.

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The last two decades have witnessed a significant growth in using bio-derived materials, driven by the necessity of replacing fossil-derived precursors, reducing the fossil fuel consumption, and lowering the global environmental impact. This is possible thanks to the availability of abundant resources from biomasses and the development of optimized technologies based on the principles of sustainability and circular economy. Herein, we report on the synthesis and characterization of new carbohydrate-derived epoxy resins. In particular, 2,5-bis[(oxiran-2-ylmethoxy)methyl]furan (BOMF) has been synthesized and cured with methyl nadic anhydride (MNA). The effect of different initiators was studied, in order to identify the most efficient curable formulations. A series of resins was then prepared varying the epoxide-anhydride ratios. The results gathered from physico-chemical, mechanical, morphological analyses have demonstrated that the produced furan-based thermosets have the potential to be proposed as sustainable alternatives to the traditional, bisphenol A (BPA)-containing epoxy resins.

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Name: Biomacromolecules
ISSN: 1526-4602
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