Thermosets are a class of material that have high mechanical and physical strength. While traditional thermoset materials have favorable material properties, reprocessing and recycling them remains a challenge. Researchers at UCI have created dynamic boroxine polymers that crosslink to construct novel thermoset materials that are strong, highly malleable and recyclable.
Thermosets are a class of material that have high mechanical and physical strength and are used for a wide range of industrial applications such as automotive construction and electronics. Unfortunately, traditional covalent thermosets disfavors reprocessing and/or recycling methods at the end of their life cycle. It appears desirable to create highly malleable thermosets.
The researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have invented a class of thermoset material, constructed from boroxine that can undergo boroxine exchange to create a malleable polymeric network that is mechanically strong reprocessable and recyclable.
· Insulation material
· Pipeline corrosion protection
· Novel: The synthesis of dynamic boroxine as thermosets
· This class of material possesses high thermodynamic stability and kinetically tunable
· High Strength and malleable: Boroxine thermosets exhibit a remarkable combination of mechanical strength and high malleability.
· Reprocessable: Boroxine thermosets can be reprocessed
· Recyclable: Boroxine thermosets can be recycled to the original monomer
|United States Of America||Issued Patent||11,370,889||06/28/2022||2018-833|
The inventors have successfully demonstrated the dynamic nature of the boroxine constructions. Future plans include expanding the design parameters by investigating different monomers.