This review report covers recent developments in the chemistry and technology of epoxy
resins, concentrating primarily on material published in the 1990s. It reviews the synthesis, manufacture,
and characterization of epoxy monomers, cure reactions of epoxy resins, spectroscopic and
analytical methods of studying cure, techniques for the modeling of cure, the use of additives and modifiers,
and new applications.
From the Introduction: ...The term `epoxy resin' which will be used extensively during this review
is commonly applied to a wide range of materials, both prepolymers (which contain reactive
epoxy groups) and cured polymers (which are still called epoxy resins although all of the reactive groups
may have reacted during the polymerisation process)...Epoxy resins are characterised by the presence of
at least two epoxy (or oxirane) groups within their molecular structure. The epoxy group is composed of
a planar, three-membered ring comprising two carbon atoms and one oxygen atom...
Rapra Review Reports contain a brief overview of the topic, followed by extensive references,
with abstracts, from the Rapra database. They serve as condensed, valuable research tools for
scientists, technologists, and other researchers working with rubber or plastics materials.
Table of Contents:
The Synthesis, Manufacture and Characterisation of Epoxy Monomers
Cure Reactions of Epoxy Resins
Studying the Cure of Epoxy Resins
Modeling the Cure of Epoxy Resins
Additives and Modifiers for Epoxy Resins
Technologically Driven Applications for Epoxy Resins
References from the Rapra Abstracts Database