- Thermosets are resins that, when cured, undergo a change that makes them strong and stable
- Once thermosets are molded into a shape, they typically are set and cannot be reworked
- These materials are frequently used as adhesives and coatings in:
But most epoxy thermosets are made with nonrenewable materials. Some contain substances that can potentially harm the environment. And because of their structures, they cannot break down or be recycled.
Plant-based thermosets are commercially available but they are usually weak and easily break. Jian-Bing Zeng and colleagues wanted to create a safe and strong plant-based thermoset.