Fully bio-based hydroxy ester vitrimer synthesized by crosslinking epoxidized soybean oil with doubly esterified starch

Carbohydr Polym. 2023 Feb 15;302:120442. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2022.120442. Epub 2022 Dec 9.


Catalyst-free fully bio-based hydroxyester (BHE) vitrimers were synthesized by crosslinking and plasticizing epoxidized soybean oil with synthesized acetylated starch succinate monoesters to investigate the effects of different starch structures on the properties of the BHE vitrimers. The BHE vitrimers possessed a lower glass transition temperature as well as better solvent resistance and reprocessing performance compared to traditional starch-based materials. Owing to dynamically covalent bonds, the migration and exudation of plasticizers were avoided. A maximum strain of 230 % was achieved to prevent the retrogradation and brittleness of starch-based materials. Furthermore, the mechanical properties remained unchanged after three reprocessing cycles. Consequently, the obtained BHE vitrimers are eco-friendly and sustainable.

PMID:36604037 | DOI:10.1016/j.carbpol.2022.120442