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

Balaji, K. et. Al.Chem. Eng. J., 2021, 133261, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.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.