Highly bio-based epoxy-Amine thermosets derived from lignocellulosic biomass

Alexander W. Bassett, Eric D. Hernandez, Joseph R. Mauck, Santosh K. Yadav, Joshua M. Sadler, John J. La Scala, Giuseppe R. Palmese, Joseph F. Stanzione

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Composites and advanced materials derived from renewable resources are becoming considerably attractive as sustainable alternatives to their petroleum-derived counterparts. Phenolic epoxies derived from lignin, an underutilized resource generated as waste by the pulp and paper industry as well as the biofuels industry, and (hemi)cellulose-derived epoxy curing agents are already proven independently to yield thermosetting resins possessing adequate thermal and thermomechanical properties. In this work, vanillyl alcohol was utilized as a promising lignin-derived building block for the synthesis of epoxy monomers and resins. These new epoxy monomers and resins were subsequently cured via furanyl-derived curing agents to determine the properties and characteristics of such highly bio-based thermosets. Resins with bio-derived carbon content greater than 97 % were characterized via FTIR, TGA, and DMA. Lignin-derived epoxy resins were found to be compatible with a furanyl-diamine curing agents to produce thermosetting resins with promising thermomechanical and thermogravimetric properties, indicating viability for supplanting petroleum-based polymers in the composites and advanced materials sectors with nature-inspired, multifaceted, xylochemical-derived, hybrid materials with superior, sustainable, and customizable characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event4th Annual Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, CAMX 2017 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Dec 11 2017Dec 14 2017


Other4th Annual Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, CAMX 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Materials Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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