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Bio-based thermosets with improved thermal and hydro resistance

Bio-based thermoset plastics are under development. These are often referred to as bio-based "resins". Many bio-based materials are however hampered by low thermal and hydrothermal ("resistance to water") stability.

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In a recent project, we studied mechanical recycling of polyethylene reinforced with carbon nanotubes. It was then observed that the plastic got an astonishing thermal stability when the nanotubes were added to the plastic. We would now like to add carbon nanotubes to one of the bio-based resin that we have earlier synthesised. The purpose of the project is to evaluate if the nanotubes can improve the thermal properties of this resin and hence overcome some of its intrinsic weakness towards high temperature and humidity.