Synthesis and characterization of biobased epoxy monomers derived from d-glucose

Zsolt Rapi, Beáta Szolnoki, Péter Bakó, Péter Niedermann, Andrea Toldy, Brigitta Bodzay, György Keglevich, György Marosi

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This paper reports the preparation of newly synthesized sugar-based epoxy monomers, suitable for replacing petrochemical-derived epoxy resins of high thermal stability. Several bi- tri- and tetrafunctional epoxy components were prepared from d-glucose, among them the glucopyranoside- and glucofuranoside-based trifunctional ones proved to be the most promising for high-tech applications. The applicability of the synthesized compounds as epoxy monomers was investigated by curing probes with a model aromatic amine-type hardener. The curing enthalpy of the bioepoxy resins were examined, and compared to theoretical values, as well as the glass transition temperature, which is a crucial parameter when determining the potential fields of application of the bioresins. Tg values up to 175 °C were reached, while the thermal degradation of the cured resins start at around 300 °C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-382
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Publication statusPublished - May 10 2015



  • Glass transition temperature
  • Renewable epoxy resin
  • Synthesis
  • Thermal stability
  • d-glucose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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