Issued from a past NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Renewable Thermoset Resin Development for the Composite Industry, the research theme focuses on the development of new, less toxic thermosetting resins from renewable materials. Studies have led to the consolidation of two areas of expertise: renewable materials and polymers. In earlier projects, Dr. Thibeault’s team demonstrated that epoxy and vinyl ester resins can be made easily from renewable materials.
In fact, a first project on bioplastics led to the development of a renewable styrene-free vinyl ester resin, which could be formulated with over 95% renewable materials through new biotechnology.
In a second oleochemistry project, syntheses were developed and relevant targets were identified for renewable epoxy applications. The consolidation of this expertise has helped establish this Chair program.
As part of this work, a first patent was issued to Kemitek, whose title is “Cardanol Glycidyl Ether Derivatives” (U.S. Patent No 10,035,754).
TECHNICAL SHEET – Vytek Resin