Polymers based on vegetable oil (VO) have the potential to replace or augment the traditional, petroleum-based polymers. Epoxidized vegetable oils (EVO) are one form of epoxy monomer that are derived from raw VO. They are widely used as plasticizers and intermediates for polyols of bio-based polyurethane or unsaturated polyesters. a comprehensive review covers epoxy thermoset polymers prepared from EVO and analogous, fatty acid derived epoxy monomers resins. the scope, performance, and limitations with respect to utilization of such materials in various applications are highlighted. the utility of EVO monomers is enabled or limited by their reactivity and by the physical properties of their resulting polymers. the effects of the chemical structures of VO-based epoxy, various catalysts, and comonomers on the properties of thermoset polymers are especially emphasized.
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