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The anionic copolymerization of a Diglycidyl
ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) epoxy resin and a bislactone has been studied with different initiators. The kinetics of the process has been dealt with in detail, and it has been
detected the existence of different competing curing mechanisms: a quasi-alternating copolymerization between the epoxy monomer and the bislactone, and homopolymerization of the epoxy resin. In presence of an excess of DGEBA, the
copolymerization first takes place, and then the excess of epoxy monomer can homopolymerize. The bislactone induces
an apparent accelerating effect because it reduces the extent of epoxy homopolymerization and therefore the termination reactions associated with it, thus allowing a complete cure with a reduced amount of initiator.
CitationFernandez-Francos, X. [et al.]. Crosslinking of mixtures of DGEBA with 1,6-Dioxaspiro[4,4]nonan-2,7-dione initiated by tertiary amines. I. Study of the reaction and kinetic analysis. "Journal of applied polymer science", Agost 2008, vol. 109, núm. 4, p. 2304-2315.
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