Boroxine Based Dynamic Polymers

Tech ID: 29569 / UC Case 2018-833-0

Brief Description

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.

Full Description

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.

Suggested uses

· Adhesives

· Insulation material

· Sealants

· Coatings

· 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

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 11,370,889 06/28/2022 2018-833

State Of Development

The inventors have successfully demonstrated the dynamic nature of the boroxine constructions. Future plans include expanding the design parameters by investigating different monomers.


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