Influence of Furanyl Building Blocks on the Cure Kinetics of a Renewable Epoxy-Amine System

Fengshuo Hu, Majid Sharifi, Giuseppe Palmese

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Recently, renewable furan-based epoxy systems containing furanyl building blocks in place of phenyl building blocks were reported by our group. Furan-based epoxy systems showed better mechanical properties compared with their phenyl analogues. In this work, an epoxy-amine cure kinetics study of analogous systems with furanyl and phenyl building blocks was conducted to evaluate the relative effect of the furan building block on the cure behavior. The reactivity rates of the epoxy-primary amine reaction (k1) and epoxy-secondary amine reaction (k2) were obtained, and the results suggest that hydrogen bonding on the furanyl ring potentially affects the reactivity and reactivity ratio thus influencing not only processing characteristics, but also the thermal and mechanical properties of furan-based epoxy systems relative to phenyl analogues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGreen Polymer Chemistry
Subtitle of host publicationBiobased Materials and Biocatalysis
EditorsPatrick B. Smith, H. N. Cheng, Richard A. Gross
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780841230651
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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