Preparation of Bio-based Resins from Soybean oil and Orange Peel




Gresham, Taylor
Spidel, Tavia
Shrestha, Maha L.

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The main objective of the research is to replace petroleum-based raw materials with agricultural, bio-based materials for preparation of epoxy cast resins. Epoxy cast resins are polymers containing epoxy or oxirane group that are generally prepared by reacting petroleum-based raw materials with toxic chemicals such as isocyanate. Utilization of alternate resources; i.e., bio-based, agricultural products significantly alleviates health, safety and environmental hazards. Hence, we utilized plant based starting material obtained from soybean oil and orange peel in presence of a Lewis acidic catalyst, tris(pentaflorophenyl)borane or BCF for preparation of epoxy cast resins. Study of various thermal and mechanical properties of the bio-based epoxy cast resins prepared in our lab showed promising results. Major application of these epoxy cast resins includes coatings, adhesives, electrical insulation, 3 D printing, wind turbines, automobile parts, etc.


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2022 Faculty Research Poster Session and Research Fair, West Texas A&M University, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Poster, Epoxy cast resins


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