Vitrimers based on Bio-derived Chemicals: Overview and Future Prospects

Balaji, K., et. Al. Chem. Eng. J., 2021, 133261,

The perspective of using recyclable and biobased materials in the vitrimeric concept is attractive, as current polymers’ regulations, their recyclabilities, together with the need to reduce CO2-emission, is pressing. Many of these demands can be resolved through state-of-the-art bio-vitrimeric materials displaying thermoset like mechanical and thermal properties as well as thermoplastic like malleable and thus recyclable properties. This article emphasizes the current needs of vitrimers based on bio-derived chemicals, including their recycling, reprocessing, and self-healing properties, along with their advantages and potential obstacles from todays’ perspective. We also identify potential bio-derivatives as attractive building blocks for vitrimers because of their potential for sustainability. © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.