Performance polymers derived from biomass represent a fascinating and increasingly important field of research, as such macromolecules offer differentiated material properties as compared to conventional polymers from fossil feedstock.1,2 The aim of our research is to understand the chemistry of bio-based building blocks and the structure-property relations of the resulting novel polymers. For thermosetting polymer systems, some of the main challenges include enhancing the polymer functionality, mechanical performance and thermal stability. A range of fully aliphatic, 1,4:3,6-dianhydrohexitol (DAH) based polyesters and polycarbonates are presented, designed for thermosetting coating applications. In this paper, we focus on the reactivity of the DAH isomers under different reaction conditions as well as on methods to improve the polymer functionality.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|