Sustainable synthesis of 3D-printed recyclable thermosets
Photocured resins are a class of light-sensitive resins that solidify when exposed to ultraviolet or visible light, but they are mainly derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the SUSTAINABLE project plans to develop a bio-based resin that can be used in the synthesis of 3D-printed self-healing and recyclable thermosets. The project will investigate a more flexible alternative to conventional ultraviolet light for thermoset curing, namely the use of cold atmospheric pressure plasma. This work will contribute to the transition towards sustainable chemistry.