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Metals 2015, 5(3), 1136-1147; doi:10.3390/met5031136

Green Nanocomposites from Renewable Plant Oils and Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes

Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
Center for Fiber and Textile Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto 606-8585, Japan
Research Laboratory II, Ichihara Research Center, JNC Petrochemical Corporation, Goi-Kaigan, Ichihara, Chiba 290-8551, Japan
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Academic Editor: Nikolaos Michailidis
Received: 24 March 2015 / Revised: 20 June 2015 / Accepted: 24 June 2015 / Published: 30 June 2015
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Green nanocomposites based on renewable plant oils and polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) have been developed. An acid-catalyzed curing of epoxidized plant oils with oxirane-containing POSS derivatives produced transparent nanocomposite coatings with high gloss surface, in which the organic and inorganic components were linked via covalent bonds. The hardness and mechanical strength were improved by the incorporation of the POSS unit into the organic polymer matrix. Nanostructural analyses of the nanocomposites showed the formation of homogeneous structures at the micrometer scale. On the other hand, such improvements of the coating and mechanical properties were not observed in the composite without covalent bonds between the plant oil-based polymer and POSS unit. The study demonstrates the correlation between the nanostructure of composites and macroscopic properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane; renewable resource; epoxidized plant oil; hybrid material polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane; renewable resource; epoxidized plant oil; hybrid material

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Tsujimoto, T.; Uyama, H.; Kobayashi, S.; Oikawa, H.; Yamahiro, M. Green Nanocomposites from Renewable Plant Oils and Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes. Metals 2015, 5, 1136-1147.

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