Bio-based Thermosetting Polymers from Vegetable Oils
Journal of Renewable Materials
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 flexible 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.
Xia, Ying, Rafael L. Quirino, Richard C. Larock.
"Bio-based Thermosetting Polymers from Vegetable Oils."
Journal of Renewable Materials, 1: 3-27.