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Thermoset epoxy polymers from renewable resources

United States Patent

November 17, 2009
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Novel thermoset epoxy polymers using the bisglycidyl ethers of anhydrosugars, such as isosorbide, isomannide, and isoidide, are disclosed. The bisglycidyl ethers are useful as substitutes for bisphenol A in the manufacture of thermoset epoxy ethers. The anhydrosugars are derived from renewable sources and the bisglycidyl ethers are not xenoestrogenic and the thermoset curing agents are likewise derived form renewable resources.
East; Anthony (Madison, NJ), Jaffe; Michael (Maplewood, NJ), Zhang; Yi (Harrison, NJ), Catalani; Luiz H (Carapicuiba, BR)
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
11/ 809,034
May 31, 2007
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST This invention was made, at least in part, with United States governmental support awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FC36-03GO13000. The United States Government has certain rights in this application.